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Topic # 189265 22-Dec-2015 09:59
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Many of you might know but JB has now opened a new store in Queensgate. It looks deceptively small from the front but opens to quite a large store, larger than the Wellington store. And with the increased space they are now selling other goods like home appliances etc.

It's has a good selection and for me, one more place to kill time while my wife checks out all the clothes/shoe stalls in the mall :-)




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  Reply # 1455132 22-Dec-2015 10:43
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Follows the style of a lot of their Australian stores, with a standard Mall width front, but a much wider rear, where their "software" - (DVD/BluRay/Games etc) is

jB's Queen street store is also in this style.



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  Reply # 1455142 22-Dec-2015 10:45
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Pretty much all of their Mall stores are like that.
Sylvia Park, narrow front, wide back. Albany and Manukau too.

 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 1455160 22-Dec-2015 11:02
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Yes, I've been shopping there since their opening day. I needed somewhere to hide while SWMBO went to Pandora (the jewellery store, not the planet from Avatar - although...) which opened in Queensgate the same day. Already picked up a few bargains...

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  Reply # 1455162 22-Dec-2015 11:08
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Its a bigger store than Wellington but over crowded and hard to find things. Its very very hard to navigate in a wheelchair




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  Reply # 1455175 22-Dec-2015 11:28
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MikeB4: Its a bigger store than Wellington but over crowded and hard to find things. Its very very hard to navigate in a wheelchair

Actually, it's pretty hard to navigate standing up! Some of the "aisles", particularly around the homewares (toasters, kettles, etc.) are pretty narrow. 

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  Reply # 1455215 22-Dec-2015 12:22
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The Dunedin store has been revamped with this new layout and it is not a suitable layout for fitting more than one person in the aisle at the same time
Hate to be in a wheelchair or short .. 

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  Reply # 1455223 22-Dec-2015 12:33
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And still we in Chch are sitting here twiddling our thumbs waiting for the JBHIFI Love :-/

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  Reply # 1455226 22-Dec-2015 12:38
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Many of the staff are not helpful because they don't know the products or the technology. :(

I had been waiting for the store to open and had a voucher I'd been hanging on to. But it was rather disappointing. I've found that for most of what I'm buying, such as gaming gear for the kids, I've still been better off shopping elsewhere, e.g. driving to PBTech in Wellington.



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  Reply # 1455246 22-Dec-2015 12:56
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trig42: Pretty much all of their Mall stores are like that.
Sylvia Park, narrow front, wide back. Albany and Manukau too.


First in Wellington though. Will give DSE some competition since JB has a better location.




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  Reply # 1455260 22-Dec-2015 13:05
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Kill time yeah, but I wouldn't buy as you can usually buy cheaper elsewhere. It also has that horrible JB Hifi smell to it, not quite as bad as Wellingtons. Not sure why their stores smell off. Also they have lots of staff hovering which is off putting. eg Can we help you , if I wanted help I would ask. I recall Noel Leemings did an advertising campaign about this, where they said their staff wouldn't pester you. 

 

I also thought new stores had to have all areas fully accessible to wheelchairs these days?

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  Reply # 1455262 22-Dec-2015 13:07
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Hammerer: Many of the staff are not helpful because they don't know the products or the technology. :(

I had been waiting for the store to open and had a voucher I'd been hanging on to. But it was rather disappointing. I've found that for most of what I'm buying, such as gaming gear for the kids, I've still been better off shopping elsewhere, e.g. driving to PBTech in Wellington.


I agree, it was disappointing. They supposedly had a big opening sale, but I went the first day and there was nothing worth buying. I think their staff are more there to prevent theft, more than anything. That is fine, because I am sure there is quite a bit of shrinkage at that type of store. But they shouldn't also go around asking if people need help. If people need help they will ask.

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  Reply # 1455271 22-Dec-2015 13:12
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mattwnz: Kill time yeah, but I wouldn't buy as you can usually buy cheaper elsewhere. It also has that horrible JB Hifi smell to it, not quite as bad as Wellingtons. Not sure why their stores smell off. Also they have lots of staff hovering which is off putting. eg Can we help you , if I wanted help I would ask. I recall Noel Leemings did an advertising campaign about this, where they said their staff wouldn't pester you.  I also thought new stores had to have all areas fully accessible to wheelchairs these days?

JB's better than Harvey Norman though - walking from the front of Norman's Lower Hutt store to the back corner where kitchen appliances are (stoves, cooktops, etc.), I was offered approached by six different staff.

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  Reply # 1455306 22-Dec-2015 14:07
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I actually like the new store and found the opening sale pretty good. Had been planning to get my other half a coffee machine for Xmas but undecided which and they had one down from $169 to $75 that weekend so got that. Cheapest I've seen it in various sales since is $99.

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  Reply # 1455320 22-Dec-2015 14:23
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mattwnz: Kill time yeah, but I wouldn't buy as you can usually buy cheaper elsewhere. It also has that horrible JB Hifi smell to it, not quite as bad as Wellingtons. Not sure why their stores smell off. Also they have lots of staff hovering which is off putting. eg Can we help you , if I wanted help I would ask. I recall Noel Leemings did an advertising campaign about this, where they said their staff wouldn't pester you.  I also thought new stores had to have all areas fully accessible to wheelchairs these days?


I thought it was just me with the smell in JB HiFi in wellington, I have always put it down to the Food court in Wellington but maybe not. As for accessibility, hmmm yes they should but the interpretations stores put on it baffles me. For example Whitcoulls especially Lower Hutt is virtually impossible, Some Harvey Normans shops are bad and I have accidentally knock stuff over on a few occasions.




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  Reply # 1455324 22-Dec-2015 14:26
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invisibleman18: I actually like the new store and found the opening sale pretty good. Had been planning to get my other half a coffee machine for Xmas but undecided which and they had one down from $169 to $75 that weekend so got that. Cheapest I've seen it in various sales since is $99.

 

Guess it depends what you were after. I did see those, and they looked like an okay deal, although not a fan of those types of coffee machines, prefer to use real beans. These new machines are a bit like inkjet printers. They almost give away the machine, and they make their money on the capsules for it. 


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