"HARD NEWS" DIGEST FRIDAY 4 DECEMBER 2020

By NZHJ December 04, 2020 Industry news

We trawl the news so you don't have to - check out our latest end-of-week round-up of news from the world of DIY and home improvement.

Local news & views

Plants anchor Mt Wellington retail centre - A brand-new retail centre at 86 Lunn Avenue in Mount Wellington, between Farro Fresh and New World, will be anchored by Kings Plant Barn. Due for completion in mid-2021, the garden centre will be Kings Plant Barn’s eighth site in greater Auckland. Find out more from Colliers here

Bunnings Trade goes south - Bunnings is building a $7 million, 4,000m2 Trade Centre at 22 Bill Richardson Drive in Invercargill, its eighth trade-dedicated site in New Zealand and the first for the South Island. Read all about it at Stuff.co.nz

Building Officials get together in May - The BOINZ Annual Conference & Expo is back for 2021 so save the date: 23-26 May 2021, venue TBC. Papers are being called for right now. Find out more from BOINZ here

Master Painters e-mag out now - The latest Painters & Decorator e-magazine from the Master Painters is out now. If your business involves understanding painting professionals, give it a look! You can read it here

Local recognition for MEGA Hamilton duo - Two team members from Mitre 10 MEGA Hamilton were recognised at this year’s Westpac Waikato Business Awards. Our 2020 Retailer of the Year Clifford Buchler was named CEO of the Year, while Jessica Fearnley, People, Culture & Business Improvement Manager, was highly commended in the Emerging Leader of the Year category. Find out more here

 

Overseas news & views

Mighty Aussie buys Mighty Ape - New Zealand online retailer Mighty Ape has been bought by tree-shaking Australian Ruslan Kogan's company Kogan.com! Read Kogan's presentation here (PDF)

Home Depot returns as the “HD” in HD Supply - 13 years after divesting itself of its formerly unwanted division, Home Depot has entered into a definitive agreement to re-acquire HD Supply Holdings, distributor of maintenance, repair and operations (MRO) products. Check out Bloomberg's article here

Kingfisher steps up DIFM offering - Euro DIY giant Kingfisher has acquired fast-growing European home improvement services marketplace NeedHelp for €10 million. Find out more here

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