Kmart to open Hamilton distribution centre

In News1 MinutesBy NZ Trucking magazineJuly 21, 2022

Kmart New Zealand will open a new 40,000m2 distribution centre at the Ruakura Superhub in Hamilton, following a planned move from its distribution centre in Wiri, South Auckland.

The new distribution centre is scheduled to be operational in late 2023 and will service the long-term needs of Kmart’s New Zealand stores and many customers in the North Island.

“Moving to a larger, purpose-built facility in the high-profile Ruakura Superhub will allow us to improve availability for customers and meet future business needs, through improved productivity, reliable flow of stock to stores and shipment diversification,” said Kmart chief executive John Gualtieri.

The new facility, located on nine hectares, will include warehousing, distribution, storage, a container yard, and an office facility. The site will benefit from direct access to the Ruakura Inland Port, which will provide rail access to the Port of Tauranga, minimising road transport costs and reducing carbon emissions.

Kmart will close its Wiri distribution centre after the new Hamilton facility is operational.