We’re hearing rumours the American hypermarket behemoth may have plans to open a store in Christchurch.
Could this be the beginning of the end for rip-off prices in New Zealand?
From pharmaceuticals (Dramamine for as little as $3.97 for 8) to baby milk (8c /fluid oz) and tractor tyres, Walmart has a reputation for offering rock bottom prices to its members. A bit like a cheaper version of PaknSave on steroids.
The old boys cartel has managed to keep out Ikea for many years, will it have the same success with staving off Walmart? Just reading this article will have many South Island business owners trembling in their expensive shoes and shooting off Mr Angry letters to their MPs. Proof, as if it was needed, that Walmart will achieve excellent trading results in the South Island.
Mail order pride
The northern population will undoubtedly feel aggrieved that its southern rivals will get the store, but there are hopes Walmart may introduce a mail order service for the whole of New Zealand and the Pacific Islands.
Do you live in the South Island, what would having a Walmart there mean to you and your family?
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Lovers of good design at a reasonable price are to be denied an IKEA store in New Zealand, supposedly because of the “traffic chaos” the store would cause: Kiwis are to be denied something they want because they want it too much.
Nanny state obviously knows best for them: “we’ll have no trouble here.”
The whole of New Zealand has a population of less than 4.3 million people. London (with all its congestion problems) has 7.5 million people yet manages to cope with a store that services not just London but much of the SE of Britain. (ed. Melbourne -pop. 4 million – has 2 stores: Richmond and Springvale)
Honestly, if New Zealand can’t cope with a single department store how on earth is it going to cope with the Rugby World Cup in 2011?
We think the real reason for IKEA being kept out of NZ is that its reputation for selling desirable goods for desirable prices would be the death of many New Zealand businesses and product manufacturers.
Where in New Zealand could you kit out a flat for under $1,000?
Update 17 Jan 04 – Pitchforks being sharpened
As predicted protectionist local shop owners, second hand junkies, and card carrying holders of anti-US sentiment have been quick to denigrate Walmart’s decision.
Do we hear the sound of angry yokels and pitchforks being sharpened?:
The anti -American sentiment tag has now been added to this article. Presumably no threats were ever made to burn down McDonald, KFC and Burger King restaurants when they first opened?
Perish the thought that people such as these would deny everyone else the ability to buy goods at discount prices. Protectionism much?
Go to Bali – “Avoid High Prices and Hobbits in New Zealand” advice from Daily Mail UK
Why are a lot of New Zealander’s obsessed with Walmart? (Answers.yahoo.com)