• It paid A$400,000 (NZ$428,000) to take over Kirkcaldie & Stains’ lease and buy the rights to use its name and the cost of the refurbishment was touted to be about $20 million.

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The Kirks building had not been upgraded in decades, so it was a blank canvas for a major renovation that saw ceilings heightened, cooling and heating systems and a kitchen installed for the restaurant on the top floor.



A concept drawing showing what the David Jones store in Wellington may look like.