Kathmandu’s new headquarters
The adventurewear brand expects to move to the purpose built three storey building on the corner of Tuam and Madras streets in early 2016.
The development will incorporate a Kathmandu concept store.
Kathmandu CEO, Peter Halkett, said the store will tell the Kathmandu story and showcase newest product designs.
“In conjunction it will operate as a training and development store for the wider business in core disciplines such as visual merchandising, fixture layout and design,” Halkett said.
The new office will house more than 150 Kathmandu team members, with facilities for 60 staff in the company’s product design, systems, and online development teams.
The brand will be the anchor tenant for developer, Kew Innovation, and has expansion rights to the adjoining building, being built as part of the $20 million development.
“Kathmandu has been evaluating the options for its Christchurch office over the past year, once it became clear our current suburban premises would require an extended period of construction work and substantial investment to remediate earthquake damage,” said Halkett.
“We are moving to a location that reflects our evolution as a business, where we can showcase our brand to our visitors and most importantly provide an office to inspire our team, both current and future.
“We see absolutely no reason why Kathmandu can’t take on the world from Christchurch, especially the new online world. Our team are very excited about what Christchurch and the central city will become, we are confident in the future of the city and we want to play our part to ensure it succeeds.”
The company will also open a flagship store in the retail precinct of Christchurch CBD, and currently is evaluating possible locations.