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David Jones to open in Wellington

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 31/05/2016

A shopper carrying David Jones branded bags walks past the David Jones department stores in Melbourne's central business district, Australia, on Monday, Feb. 24, 2014 © Carla Gottgens/Bloomberg A shopper carrying David Jones branded bags walks past the David Jones department stores in Melbourne's central business district, Australia, on Monday, Feb. 24, 2014 David Jones is preparing to open its first overseas store in New Zealand.

The 178-year-old Australian department store chain, acquired by South African retailer Woolworths two years ago, will open its Wellington store on July 28.

The store will feature a new look already rolled out at DJ's Eastland store in Melbourne and its flagship store at Pacific Fair on the Gold Coast.

The Wellington store will house a premium cafe and the company plans to introduce a number of new brands to NZ, including popular international beauty labels Tom Ford and Benefit.

The retailer has taken over the lease of the 152-year-old Kirkcaldie & Stains department store, which is struggling financially, at Lambton Quay in Wellington.

David Jones will add another 10 stores to its existing 40 over the next five years.

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