Smiths City

PHOTO: STUFF Smiths City has had a volatile first six months of 2020, but chief executive Tony Allison is excited about the new store opening.

Smiths City is looking for staff for a new Lower Hutt store, six weeks after announcing it would close seven stores nationwide, including one in Lower Hutt and another in Porirua.

The Lower Hutt store was the first new site to open after the retailer was put into receivership in May.


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Smith City was subsequently sold to Colin Neal, founder of refrigerated logistics company Big Chill.

Neal set up a new business, Smiths City (2020), to take over the chain.

As part of the sale process, 115 staff were made redundant and Smith City stores in Mount Wellington, Porirua, Lower Hutt, Kapiti and Whangarei were closed, along with the Invercargill clearance centre and Christchurch outlet store.