Palmers' 'concept' store
Hamilton suburb Rototuna is to get the country's second new Palmers European-style concept store, a $6 million development aiming to lure as many serious homeware shoppers as keen gardeners.
The store, Palmers Planet, is due to open in September next year on the corner site at Horsham Downs and Thomas roads, alongside the existing Countdown supermarket and a planned McDonald's, and opposite a planned mixed-use office, apartment, retail and hospitality development. It will create around 30 full time equivalent jobs.
The first Palmers Planet opens in Albany, north of Auckland this September.
Palmers Franchise Systems general manager Garry Stone said the 1000 sqm new-style store would offer decor, gifts, outdoor furniture, clothing and possibly jewellery, as well the gardening outlet, a cafe to seat up to 90, and a florist.
"It will still be a garden centre, very much so, but retail will be far more dominant."
Palmers will build the store for around $4m, and is selling the franchise for around $2m.
Mr Stone said there was plenty of interest from prospective franchisees, but Palmers was being "quite particular" in its choice of operator.
"We want good retailers, they will need a retail background, whereas in the past they've needed an interest in gardening," he said.
"But here, it will be critical to have someone experienced in operating large retail with three big components."
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