A breath of fresh air arrives
COFFS Harbour is about to get a big breath of fresh retail air when outdoor and adventure retailer Kathmandu opens a 400sq m store in Coffs Central.
The store will occupy part of the site of the former Coles supermarket and will have frontage to Harbour Dr.
Kathmandu general manager for business development and sustainability Paul Stern said they hoped to open the doors of the new Coffs Harbour store in October, but the final date would depend on work being carried out by the landlord.
Coffs Central's new land- lord, Gowing Bros, is under- taking a major renovation of the centre, formerly known as Palms Shopping.
Mr Stern said the store - which will trade seven days a week - would have a management team of three, plus 10 casual and part-time staff positions, providing 13 new local jobs.
The store will offer Kathmandu's full range of apparel and equipment for travel and adventure, from tents, sleeping bags and travel accessories to thermals, footwear, jackets and wind-proof and rain-proof garments.
Mr Stern said that while the company offered sea- sonal clothing ranges, they also sold a mix of summer and winter stock and outdoor footwear year-round.
Following its company philosophy, Kathmandu concentrates on using sustainable materials in outfitting its stores and has an extensive community support program.
The program, which has hundreds of requests each month, provides support for local, regional and national emergency service and outdoor groups.
Mr Stern, who serves on the company's community committee, said Kathmandu had strategic partnerships with the Australian Red Cross and Himalayan Foundation and ran the Kathmandu Adventure Series, which included events on the North Coast.
He said he was excited about the new Coffs Harbour store.
"It's going to be a fantastic success," he said.
"Coffs Harbour is ideal for us. Coffs Harbour is a tourism destination."