Two downpours this week have been a disaster for one Dunedin
retailer but could provide a windfall for customers.
Stafford St furniture firm My Mate John will today hold a
one-off, half-price sale of water-damaged stock worth
hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Founder and managing director John Williamson said water
overwhelmed the gutters and downpipes on three of the
company's five bulk stores on Monday and yesterday, causing
water to flow into the buildings.
''It really affects us because all our stock is imported in
''We've been busily unpacking all the stock that got wet.
Some of it got minor damage and, in most cases, it's
invisible. It's been sitting in water and we can't sell it as
So the Stafford St store was having a sale today only, with
prices cut by up to 50%.
Mr Williamson described the deluges as ''disastrous'' for the
company, although insurance would help cover some, but not
all the loss.
''This is great for Dunedin shoppers - it's a good chance to
score some great furniture - but it's not great for My Mate
Mr Williamson said it appeared Dunedin's weather patterns
were changing and deluges were becoming more frequent. He
planned to install better drainage on his bulk stores to