Rangiora Farmers to open this spring

A spring opening is planned for Rangiora’s new Farmers store and its associated speciality outlets.

Farmers’ return to a central location within the town’s main shopping precinct represents a major milestone for Rangiora and the wider Waimakariri District as part of reconstruction in the aftermath of the 2010 Canterbury earthquakes according to district Mayor David Ayers.

Construction of the new two-storey Farmers building began last winter with the contract awarded to Watts & Hughes.

The store is scheduled to open in early September bringing the very latest developments in retail design and a broad range of products to Waimakariri District shoppers, Farmers says.

The new Farmers store is more than twice the size of the company’s previous one destroyed in the earthquake. Whitcoulls, Pascoes, Specsavers and sushi shops are also planned.

Farmers chief financial officer Michael Power says the official opening will be a real celebration as it has been a long wait for the people of Waimakariri, primarily because of insurance issues.

“The new building represents a vastly improved shopping environment in a store that exemplifies state-of-the-art retail thinking designed in harmony with the town’s main street architecture and landscape.

“We are very much looking forward to again being a key member of the Waimakariri community and helping to restore some confidence in Rangiora as a retail destination.”

Waimakariri District Council Mayor David Ayers says the return of Farmers’ to Rangiora is being highly anticipated, both for the major addition it will provide to shopping options, but also the stimulus it will generate for fellow retailers within the town centre.

“It’s another step along the road towards recovery, and a big step at that.

“Farmers is an iconic chain with a presence throughout towns and cities across the country. The return to Rangiora provides the town with another state-of-the-art shopping outlet and is also a huge vote of confidence from The Farmers Trading Company in the future development of both Rangiora and the wider Waimakariri District.”

Rangiora is the largest town in North Canterbury and has a population of around 17,000 (est. June 2015).

About Farmers

As the country’s foremost department store, The Farmers Trading Company has been outfitting New Zealand women, their families and their homes for more than 100 years. First established by Robert Laidlaw as a catalogue mail order company in 1909, Farmers is now a thriving, modern department store and New Zealand’s leading fashion and home retailer - combining quality and value with an ever-increasing selection of the best local and international brands.

Proudly New Zealand owned, Farmers operates 58 department stores in rural and city locations around the country, providing shoppers with a wide range of women's, men's and children's fashion, health & beauty, homewares, manchester, appliances, electronics and furniture.