Changes are afoot at Dunedin's Meridian Mall, with original
retail tenant Kmart making room for Australasian chain JB
Meridian manager Michael Porter yesterday confirmed the hi-fi
chain would open its first South Island store in Dunedin in
The opening was expected to create about 30 jobs.
The chain boasted a network of 123 outlets across Australia
and 10 in New Zealand - all in the North Island - but had
opted to bypass Christchurch by establishing its South Island
roots in Dunedin, he said.
The shop would be located on the mall's upper retail level,
with a refurbishment of the Kmart store making room for the
new neighbour, Mr Porter said.
The Kmart refurbishment followed the curtailing last year of
some lines of goods, including whiteware, televisions and
games, and would also involve relocating the shop's checkout
area, he said.
The changes would free up a 1300sq m rectangle of retail
space, including shop frontage, which would become home to JB
Hi-Fi, he said.
Work was already under way in Kmart, and building of the new
hi-fi shop would begin next month, Mr Porter said.
Kmart would not shed jobs as a result of its changes, and
could even require extra workers if customer traffic grew as
a result of its new neighbour, he said.
"Every centre JB has gone into has had extremely positive
flow-on effects for all the stores around them.
"They are a huge retailer in Australasia.
"I think it's got a lot of positives for the whole CBD
"It's bringing people into town," Mr Porter said.