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Kirks fans reluctantly give new David Jones store the thumbs up

Jul 29th, 2016 | By | Category: Editor's Picks, Front Page Layout, Latest News

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By Ireland Hendry-Tennent, Amy McEwen and Jade Winton-Lowe

Shoppers checking out Wellington’s newest department store, after it opened for the first time on Thursday have given it the thumbs up.

Australian retailing giant David Jones, opened the doors of its first international store in the old Kirckaldie and Stains building, on Lambton Quay at 9am, with eager shoppers queued outside.

There was plenty of nostalgia from people who miss Kirckaldie and Stains, but most of those questioned by Newswire reporters thought David Jones will be a positive thing for the city, and could even attract tourists.

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Elliot Davis (16) left, high school student, Mount Victoria, was very excited.

“It’s just amazing there are real brands in wellington finally, especially for mens clothes, as well as stuff that isn’t just skate brands,” he says.

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Stephanie Goodall (21), right, commerce student, Newlands, says the store was too crowded for her liking on opening day but she was surprised by the price range on offer.

“It’s so busy I kind of don’t want to be in here right now, because there are so many people, but it’s really nice, and I wasn’t expecting to see $20 tops.”

“Wellington needs places like this, It’s sad as it (Kirks) was a classic but it’s (David Jones) a good replacement,” she says.

edward whiteJan Taylor (70s), retired, also thought it was sad to see Kirkcaldie and Stains go, but was very impressed by the new store,

“It’s very much a step up. I loved Kirk’s, it served Wellington really well,” she says.

Edward White (16), right, high school student, Island Bay, was reluctant to see the old store go.


“It’s completely different from Kirks,”he says, “I would have wanted both.”

breid keating (2)Breid Keating, left, operations manager, Upper Hutt, is another who was reluctant to see the old store go.

“It’s exciting, but I would have preferred Kirks to remain,” she says.

Carly Harrison (35), HR adviser, Karori, was disappointed they didn’t have a wider range in prices, and hoped there would be more everyday items.renee parmar

Renee Parmar, right, customer support, Newlands, thinks the will attract more people to Wellington city.

“I think it’s beautiful, it’ll bring more people into the city,” she says.

Scott Parker (59), contractor, Paraparaumu, thought the store was a huge investment and said he will be interested to see how it progresses over time.

Amy Lau (18), right, commerce student, wasn’t as impressed.

“It’s not as nice as I thought it would be,” she says.amy lau (2)

allie ringrose head shot 150x250And Ann Hall, 73, left, grandmother, Kelburn, was impressed and said her daughter in- law in Auckland is jealous there’s no David Jones store in the City of Sails.




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