An increasing number of mail order inquiries has led to
Dunedin-based Arthur Barnett Ltd reopening its doors in
The 116m sq store opened this week at Hornby Dress Smart,
carrying a range of items which includes make-up, skincare,
fragrances and underwear.
The decision was driven largely by a rise in mail order
placements from Christchurch-based customers, Arthur Barnett
general manager Sue Smaill said.
Staff at the Dunedin store began fielding an increasing
number of orders following the September earthquake and those
orders had "grown exponentially" after the February
The number of Cantabrians shopping in the Dunedin store had
"Opening a store in Christchurch is our effort at satisfying
that local demand for our goods and services," she said.
The Christchurch store would continue to operate as long as
the customer demand was there.
Arthur Barnett closed its Christchurch shop in 2006, as it
had not been trading profitably.
It had previously traded at its central business district
site for 17 years.