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Saturday, May 28, 2011

Six stores miss out in Whitcoulls buy-out

Photo by Don Scott
Three stores too quake-damaged for repair

The James Pascoe group, owned by Anne and David Norman, has decided not to include six stores in the purchase of Whitcoulls and Borders in New Zealand.

One is the Upper Hutt store, near Wellington. Three others are earthquake-shattered buildings in Christchurch.  A fifth is in the town of Papamoa, near Tauranga.  The last is in Auckland's Albany Mall.

This leaves staff unsure whether they will be job-hunting soon.  There is a good chance, however, that they will be offered positions elsewhere.

I was talking to a friend who works in JPL-owned Farmers department store today.  Anne Norman is a "lovely person," she said. "She calls in quite often," and is very friendly, happy to stop and chat to the staff.

Isn't it nice to hear that rich people can be nice?

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