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David Jones opens doors in Wellington

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 27/07/2016

Retailer David Jones has opened its doors in Wellington with much fanfare as shoppers queued up for the chance to get inside the Australian chain's first international store.

The retailer, owned by Woolworths, bought the ailing 152-year-old former department store Kirkcaldie and Stains on Lambton Quay earlier this year.

More than 150 invited guests joined Prime Minister John Key on Wednesday night to celebrate the store's opening, where he unveiled a commemorative plaque.

Dozens of shoppers rugged up in scarves and jackets queued early in the cold on Thursday morning to be the first inside, while baristas served hot coffee to the waiting masses.

Chief executive John Dixon said the store had expanded its range of New Zealand brands such as Twenty-Seven Names, Karen Walker, Kate Sylvester, Saben and Rodd & Gunn.

The store, which underwent a $NZ21.3 million refurbishment, operates over three floors with more than 500 brands across fashion, beauty, accessories and homeware, as well as a cafe.

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