Dead Sea Spa kiosks closed

Last updated 07:49 02/07/2014
Dead Sea spa kiosk
MOVING OUT: Dead Sea spa kiosks have been removed from The Palms and Westfield malls.

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The Palms joins a number of shopping malls that have closed controversial beauty kiosks run by Dead Sea Spa.

The Christchurch mall, in Shirley, confirmed today that the retailer was no longer trading within its store "due to a high level of negative feedback".

On June 25, television show Campbell Live reported an 82-year-old woman was bullied into buying $5000 worth of cosmetics by Premiere Dead Sea staff at Lynnmall shopping centre in Auckland.

The Kiwi Income Property Trust, which owns the Auckland shopping centre, evicted the traders the next day. Westfield shopping centres also announced today it would no longer host the kiosks after revelations staff were bullying elderly and impaired into buying the expensive products.

The Palms centre manager Emma Smith said AMP Capital Shopping Centres had also stopped allowing the beauty company to trade in both its Christchurch and Mount Maunganui malls.

"The closure of the kiosks is effective immediately."

"We are committed to providing an enjoyable and peaceful environment for our shoppers, and the high level of negative feedback regarding Dead Sea Spa was of great concern to us, and we have been working closely with the retailer to assess the situation."

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