Construction of Kathmandu’s new national distribution centre is well underway in Christchurch, with completion set for next April. Building work on the outdoor clothing and equipment retailer’s distribution centre started in September at the Portlink Industrial Park, Hillsborough, and it’s anticipated that the roof will be finished by the end of December.
Kathmandu Chief Executive, Peter Halkett said the work was marginally ahead of schedule and Arcus, the developer of the project had been able to take advantage of a lull in construction activity before the rebuild of Christchurch started next year. “We are delighted with the progress made on the distribution centre. Kathmandu believes in the economic future of Christchurch and is committed to the company’s heritage there where we have been trading for over 20 years,” Mr Halkett said.
The new centre is expected to be operational by August and will supply the company’s existing 41 New Zealand stores as well as meeting the demands of the company’s future growth, which involves Kathmandu’s on-going store roll-out program, growth in online business and the expansion of the company’s product range.
Kathmandu has recently opened a store in the new Startup Christchurch project in Cashel Street and also at the Palms. Kathmandu has entered into a long term lease agreement with expansion rights at the 30-hectare industrial park.
The Portlink site has 22 Ha of Business 4 zoned land providing for a diverse range of logistics activities, warehousing, manufacturing and services industries.