Jobs saved as plans to close Kaikohe Warehouse shelved

The Warehouse has backtracked on plans to close its Kaikohe store in Northland at the end of June, saving 33 permanent jobs.

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The firm earlier said it had no choice after it was unable to reach a deal with the landlord over new leasing terms.

But the company said the landlord got in touch this morning, and has asked to re-enter lease negotiations.

The Warehouse said it was now confident that its Kaikohe store will remain open, pending final contract confirmation.

Chief executive Pejman Okhovat said he was thrilled the store would stay open.

“We‘ve always wanted to stay in Kaikohe, that‘s why we‘d been working hard with the landlord to negotiate new leasing terms since July last year, and we‘re really pleased he‘s now decided to agree on a new lease.”