Shane Jones calls Warehouse closure a 'kick in the guts' for Kaikohe

The AM Show 05/04/2018

It's about to get harder to get a bargain in Kaikohe with The Warehouse closing its doors, much to the dismay of locals.

Regional Development Minister Shane Jones says concerned residents in the Far North alerted him to the news.

"It's probably the largest employer, other than the jail in Ngawha alongside Kaikohe, so it's a kick in the guts for Kaikohe this morning.

"I'm not entirely sure who to talk to.”

"They [The Warehouse] do project the notion of having quite a strong social licence. But it's up to them to justify why they've cut the retail thread of Kaikohe."

A spokeswoman for The Warehouse says that it wanted to continue to have a presence in Kaikohe but negotiations with the landlord to continue the lease weren't successful.

"We have no choice but to close the store at the end of June this year."

However, it is considering a "pop-up store", if it can find a suitable location, or a free bus to the Waipapa Warehouse, which is 30 minutes away.

"And of course customers can shop online 24/7 and those with a Kaikohe address will be offered free delivery."

Watch the full interview with Shane Jones above. 

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