Kathmandu backs Christchurch all the way

Listed outdoor clothing and equipment retailer Kathmandu Holdings will build a new national distribution centre in Christchurch’s Portlink Industrial Park in a move the company says reflects its belief in the economic future of the city.

The new centre will supply Kathmandu’s existing 37 stores in New Zealand and meet the demands of the company’s future growth. Kathmandu chief executive Peter Halkett said the increased warehouse space would support its on-going store roll-out program and the expansion of the company’s product range.

‘’As a major player in outdoor gear for travel and adventure in Australasia, Kathmandu currently has its support offices and national distribution centres in Christchurch and Melbourne. But with more than 100 stores across Australia and New Zealand, the company has been reviewing its future requirements,’’ Mr Halkett said. The current national distribution centre, which has been operating since 2000 when the company only had nine stores in New Zealand, has now reached full capacity and some stock has had to be stored offsite.