MAC and Bobbi Brown to be sold in pop-up store until David Jones opens
Wellington women won't have to go bare-faced this summer when the capital's makeup mecca shuts up shop.
Kirkcaldie & Stains will close within the next few weeks after 152 years in business. But Estee Lauder Companies, which stocked the troubled department store with big beauty brands, will keep Wellingtonians covered until David Jones opens later this year.
In the interim, it will sell a full range of products from Clinique, MAC, Estee Lauder, Bobbi Brown, La Mer, Jo Malone London, Lab SeriesSkincare for men and Aramis and Designer Fragrances at a beauty boutique pop-up at 102-112 Lambton Quay.
Estee Lauder Companies communications manager Jessica Carew said the store would open on February 19 and close in July 2016, when David Jones officially opens.
A new feature for customers would include a phone ordering service.
The various brands were looking forward to being part of David Jones when it opened, Carew said.
"David Jones will provide an exciting opportunity to present our premium cosmetics, fragrances and personalised service."
The option of a pop-up was explored to ensure Wellington customers would have access to their favourite brands and new products during the six months the Australian retail giant was setting up its store.
"It was also a way to make sure our 16 staff were employed during that period."
David Jones chief operating officer David Thomas said the "majority" of Kirkcaldie & Stains staff who applied for jobs with his department store had been rehired.
However, First Union members working at Kirks said some staff did not bother applying for new jobs because of the six-month wait for the grand reopening.
David Jones paid A$500,000 (NZ$554,900) for the Kirkcaldie & Stains name and $1 to take over the lease of the Lambton Quay building.
Thomas said the first New Zealand store would "commence trade in mid-2016."
This week David Jones' move into New Zealand was given the green light by the Overseas Investment Office (OIO), which granted approval.