Bargain Chemist set to open in Porirua

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Discount pharmacy operator Bargain Chemist is poised to open a new store at the Porirua Mega Centre.

The huge 538sq m store will offer heavily discounted perfumes, cosmetics and a wide range of vitamin supplements. Bargain Chemist will also feature free prescriptions on fully funded items including specialists care and dental work

New Zealand-owned Bargain Chemist made its first foray into the Wellington market last year, with the opening of a central city store at 73 Manners St. It currently has six stores in total spread among Christchurch,  the capital, and Auckland  and will shortly open another two in Christchurch. It plans to grow to 12 across the country by the end of the year.

Vince Southee of Colliers International, who negotiated the new lease, says Porirua and the surrounding areas will welcome the new cut-price discounts for pharmacy goods and services.

“The retail scene is very positive in Porirua, particularly with the eventual opening of both Adventure Park and Transmission Gully.

“I believe retail has now split into a logical layout. North City has all the traditional shopping centre tenancies while the Mega Centre has the larger retail offerings averaging 500sq m plus per site. Porirua’s town centre, while still having retail, is trending towards better office offerings with the rental rates rising dramatically over the past 12 months. The increasing numbers of quality tenants is also fuelling a demand for more hospitality.”

Mega Centre offers a diverse mix including BedsRus which recently leased a sizeable space directly opposite the entrance to Harvey Norman and Flooring Design is also shortly to open a new store.

Vince Southee also negotiated the leases of Sofa Creations and the very popular Smart Wash.

“There’s now more activity during the weekdays and the weekends are extremely busy. The good thing is that with such a diverse offering, there is now purposeful foot traffic.”

Bargain Chemist director Atif Malkonyan says they chose Porirua because of its central location to the wider Wellington area coupled with its diversity.

‘By coming to Porirua, we can offer high quality healthcare, at affordable prices, to all customers from different walks of life. At the heart of this, we want to be part of the community, working hard to enable Kiwis to live healthier and happier lives.”


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Vince Southee

Sales & Leasing Broker

Wellington (Agency)

Specialising and living in the fast- growing Porirua area, Vince is enthusiastic about the opportunities the market provides in the region.

Before joining Colliers, Vince enjoyed a successful sales career in the New Zealand print industry for over 30 years.

In the past 3 years Vince has successfully sold multiple commercial and industrial properties, as well as placing many many new tenants into great spaces in Porirua City.

His ability to ascertain exactly what both clients are looking to achieve and what customers are requiring for their business enables him to create exciting opportunities.

“Over the past 24 months Porirua City has changed dramatically. With a growing number of hospitality offerings, diverse businesses in the Mega Centre and offices refurbished to a very high standard, Porirua City now attracts well known retail brands, well known businesses and government departments. This has resulted in positive activity with more purposeful foot traffic”

 Vince prides himself on offering excellent service and advice to all clients and customers he encounters.

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