A new Paper Plus store, incorporating NZ Post postal services, is scheduled to open in the Coast centre in July.
The business will be operated by Glenn Rix and his wife Ling Chan who have owned Cartridge World at Coast for the past five and a half years.
The Paper Plus store, which will be located next to Just Jeans, will offer a full range of products including books, cards and stationery, toys, games and gifts, Glenn says.
NZ Post services will be available at a separate counter within the store and the local post boxes will be relocated downstairs to the undercover carpark. Cartridge World will move to a new space right next to Paper Plus.
Glenn, who has been working with Paper Plus on the store project for quite some time, says that with more than 30,000 people living on the Whangaparaoa Peninsula, it’s important to be able to offer these services locally.
Shopping locally has become a priority for people who want to support New Zealand business owners who have faced turbulent times in the past year due to Covid-19.
The Paper Plus Group has experienced an increase in sales countrywide and Glenn says Cartridge World sales also increased last year compared with the previous financial period.
The store will have three full-time staff including Glenn and four part-time staff, some who have been working in the NZ Post outlet at Whangaparaoa. It will be open seven days a week, with postal services available from Monday to Friday and on Saturday mornings.
“We really hope we get support. We are investing in the future of the centre and the Peninsula to provide these services locally.”
Glenn and Ling purchased Cartridge World for a lifestyle change. He and Ling moved to Red Beach from the North Shore five years ago.
“The Coast is a real community. It’s a great place in the world to be.”