Karen Walker’s concept shopping destination The Department Store is closing after 10 years in Auckland’s North Shore suburb of Takapuna.
“We’ve had an amazing 10 years and we’ve loved being a part of the Takapuna community. It’s with great fondness that we say farewell and thank you for joining us on this journey,” said a post on their Instagram.
In a statement, Walker confirmed online shopping was one of the reasons for the closure.
“The Department Store was created as a destination concept store and the idea of a bricks and mortar store being a destination/concept store is no longer the relevant idea it was in 2009,” Walker said.
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IT’S BEEN A BLAST! We’ve had an amazing 10 years and we’ve loved being a part of the Takapuna community. It’s with great fondness that we say farewell and thank you for joining us on this journey. The Department Store was founded around the idea of constant reinvention and adventure and so our journey’s been filled with many exciting collabs and amazing people and brands including: canine glamour shoots for the SPCA, The Selby, In Conversation with Tim Blanks, Advanced Style with Ari Seth Cohen, runway shows, Easter Shows, Labour Day Beach Swims and meeting Santa of course! The current TDS partners will be focusing on new exciting projects in 2020 while all TDS staff will integrate into other areas of their respective businesses. Please use your TDS gift vouchers by Sunday 26th of January.
When British retail giant Topshop arrived on New Zealand shore, The Department Store was its first home before Walker opened two stand-alone Topshop stores in Auckland and Wellington before going into receivership.
The Department Store will close on January 26, when its lease in the old Takapuna Post Office ends. The Department Store advises that all gift certificates must be redeemed by then.
Karen Walker is set to open two new stores this year, with details still to be announced. Stay tuned to The Last Fashion Bible keep up with the latest developments.