Guess, Hoka to open first standalone stores in New Zealand

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Global retailers Guess and Hoka will open their first standalone stores in New Zealand at the premium outlet shopping centre Manawa Bay, currently under construction. 

The newly signed tenants join a long list of brands confirmed for the centre, including Nike’s largest store in the country yet, and Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger’s largest outlet stores in New Zealand.

Guess is known for its denim and fashionable dresses, along with shoes, handbags and accessories, while Hoka is a sneaker brand owned by Decker Brands. Both are US-owned labels.

Timeless Watches, Kate Spade, Swarovski, Helly Hansen and Michael Kors will also launch their first stores in New Zealand at the centre. 

Manawa Bay will host more than 100 retail establishments, including Huffer, a prominent local retailer, and sports giant Adidas. Other announced tenants include Icebreaker, Asics, Timberland, Bed Bath and Beyond, Levis, Mountain Jade, Strandbags, Novo, Converse, Hurley, Bendon, Macpac, and Mountain Warehouse. 

The 35,000sqm centre’s construction is on pace, with the roof completed and the last internal concrete pours scheduled for this month. Shop fit-outs will begin in June, as the centre prepares to open in September.

“It’s thoughtful design and eateries spilling onto an outdoor space, overlooking the water, and a play area for kids – there’s nothing else like it here, and this is making it a drawcard for tenants,” said Manawa Bay centre manager Linh Luong.

Retail Apparel Group has also committed to Manawa Bay with Johnny Bigg, Tarocash, YD, and Connor, while Accent Group has Ugg, Dr Martens, Hype DC, and Platypus Skechers (together with Hoka).

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