Axe falls on Whangaparaoa Warehouse

The fate of The Warehouse Whangaparaoa, where closure was being considered, is now decided.

A community petition with more than 1700 signatures aimed at keeping the store open was unsuccessful, with The Warehouse chief executive Pejman Okhovat announcing today that the company had confirmed with its team that the store will close permanently at the end of January.

“We valued our time on the peninsula, however the changing way customers shop, including at our larger stores and online, meant we have had to consider carefully where we operate our stores,” Mr Okhovat says.

There are 14 full time, 28 part time and eight casual staff at the store and Mr Okhovat says the team has done an outstanding job.

“Our priority now is to work with team members on redeployment options to our other stores,” he says.

The closure comes due to an anticipated reduction in customer spend due to the effects of Covid-19, and a decline in shopper numbers at the Whangaparaoa store.

The store is one of the biggest anchor tenants of land owned by Coast Plaza.

The Silverdale store will remain open.

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