PlaceMakers bigger and better in Whangarei


PlaceMakers is due to open the doors on a newly built store in Whangarei in the spring of this year — a 6000 sq m site at 18 Kioreroa Road.

The new store is being built by local building company Kerr Construction, and has been designed with the customer and the environment in mind. It includes:

An expansive and easy access drive-through area,

A larger showroom with room to display the latest in building solutions,

Sustainable building practices, meaning a reduced carbon footprint,

A comprehensive range — more than 4500 product lines in-store, and PlaceMakers’ special orders service enabling an almost limitless choice of product, and

A core trade range that the store pledges will never run out of stock.

The drive through (now 40% bigger than before) will substantially benefit the trade, whilst the larger showroom will display an updated, trade-focused product range, specialist plastering centre and the latest Peter Hay kitchen displays.

PlaceMakers is committed to the environment and sustainable building practices. The new purpose-built store will utilise green building initiatives, such as daylight harvesting, next generation energy efficient lighting and water saving systems all designed to minimise PlaceMakers’ carbon footprint.

PlaceMakers acting general manager of operations Mike Lockyer says every new store will be built to a standard that is energy efficient and in line with sustainable building practices.

“We know that delivering in full and on time is key to a successful project for our customers. We are committed to making sure that these core trade lines are always in stock — we will be measuring our success in this area and we will get this right because it’s a priority,” Mr Lockyer says.

As well as the move to more up-to-date facilities, the new era of PlaceMakers Whangarei takes shape with a new local operator at the helm.

Casey Stuart has returned home to Whangarei from Auckland after 13 years away, 10 of those gathering valuable experience as a regional manager for a national plumbing brand.

“It’s great to be back and I’m excited. The PlaceMakers Whangarei team is all about putting our customers first. We want to deliver maximum value and outstanding customer service to them each and every day,” Mr Stuart says

“Before we began the build on this store we surveyed a substantial number of our customers for feedback. We wanted to know their preferences and what makes a great building merchant. We’ve listened, we’ve learnt, we’ve implemented.

“The end goal is to ensure that, ultimately, nobody is easier to do business with than PlaceMakers.”

PlaceMakers Whangarei serves an area from Ruakaka and Waipu, out west to Dargaville and Ruawai and as far north as Kawakawa.

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