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Doors open at Mitre 10 MEGA Porirua

Doors open at Mitre 10 MEGA Porirua

Around 70 new jobs and a focus on community involvement come with the new Mitre 10 MEGA store opening in Porirua on 12 December.

Porirua will be the third new Mitre 10 MEGA Store to open in 2013 and the 37th MEGA store for the fully New Zealand owned and operated cooperative that is the national leader in hardware and gardening retail.

With new developments in nearby Aotea and Whitby areas, Company CEO Stephen Nelson expects the store to quickly become a focal point for the local community giving it a real DIY and trade boost.

“The Porirua area is growing so fast, so to be able to bring a new element to the retail hub here is fantastic and certainly much needed,” says Mr Nelson. “Mitre 10 stores are locally owned and operated so they also tend to play an active role in their local communities and become a fund-raising hub for local community-based activity, especially with the availability of our highly sought after Community BBQ.”

Mr Nelson said almost all of the 20 team members from the former Mitre 10 Bright Building Supplies store, which closed in November, had joined the Porirua team alongside the new employees.

“Bright’s was part of the retail area and the local community for 45 years, and we’re keen to continue that community involvement.

“We’re also excited to work with Bright’s former customers in providing their hardware needs while also offering the enhanced product range and new categories that come with a Mitre 10 MEGA store.

“We’re sure that will also bring in a whole new customer base attracted by the range and buying power that comes from being New Zealand’s leading hardware retailer. The MEGA store format also offers more options to our local trade customers.”

Mr Nelson is looking forward to what this store will do for the area and the community. With many trade customers or “tradies” in the area, it reduces the amount of travelling time required to get around the quickly developing area. The new store saves a trek to Petone or the Upper Hutt Mitre 10 MEGA.

The store has hired 70 new staff after an unprecedented interest in the roles available with some several hundred applicants. The team members are mostly local Porirua people who know and love the area, with Mr Nelson saying they’ll do a great job for that reason.

“We’ve said all along that it’s important to keep things local. The area is currently buzzing with growth and new housing developments, so it’s important for us to have people on the shop floor who have an interest in their local community.”

The new store is modern and innovative, letting in lots of natural light for customers with its feature glass areas and is an excellent environment for shopping.

“Visually, the store looks great. We’re also adding in a few things we’ve wanted to do for a while, but needed to wait for a new store to do so. The electronic price labelling units are revolutionary – they’re all connected to the point of sale system, so there’s never any doubt as to the price. We’re thrilled with small things like that, and we’re really proud of how it’s all turned out.”

Porirua Mitre 10 MEGA is located at 3 Semple Street and boasts a Columbus Coffee café, 160 plus car parks, a children’s play area, extensive garden centre and a drive thru building materials offer for trade customers.

The store will open on Thursday 12 December 2013 from 7am. A host of family fun activities are set to take place for the opening weekend. The Mitre 10 MEGA strongman Levi will be on hand along with ‘Easy As’ DIY man Stan. There will be face painting, a bouncy castle and a sausage sizzle. Plus there are 5000 bonus Fly Buys points up for grabs.

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