Kmart opens its doors


Queenstown’s highly anticipated Kmart store’s finally opened, after weeks of delays and building blunders.

Hundreds of bargain hunters were on site to get their fix from 8am today, after a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

The store, part of the $100 million first stage of the Queenstown Central retail complex on the Frankton Flats, opened two weeks later than planned due to construction
delays on site.

Kmart NZ director Jason Picard, who was at the opening this morning, says he’s very proud to launch the new store
and the ”reaction in Queenstown has been fantastic”.

”We’ve had a great crowd here this morning.”

First-time customer Nina Smith, of Queenstown, filled her trolley with goods for children at the City Impact Church Childcare Centre in Frankton, where she works.

The 26-year-old says: ”The kids are going to be so excited to see everything.

”It’s going to be great having Kmart in town so we can have more resources for our kids.

”I think it will get busier and busier.”

A formal opening celebration with activities and giveaways will take place next Friday.