Amazon competition could force NZ shops to shut or shrink

Amazon’s imminent Australasian arrival could change New Zealand’s retail scene to the point where some shops shut, shrink or need to be re-purposed, says an architect.

David Thornton, principal of the New Zealand arm of international architects The Buchan Group, said the online juggernaut could change our retail scene significantly.

“Bigger stores might down-size and we might need to look at ways to re-purpose buildings,” Thornton said, forecasting such strong competition that some shops could even shut.

Employees work on the warehouse floor at an Amazon fulfillment center in Peterborough, U.K.