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Zhik open new store in Victoria Park, Auckland

by Richard Gladwell, on 23 May 2016
Zhik store entrance - Victoria Park Market, Auckland NZL Richard Gladwell
The brand trusted by several top Olympic Teams has a new home in Auckland, New Zealand. The store is themed around the successful NZL Sailing Team

The flagship store is located in historic Victoria Park Market in central Auckland a few hundred metres from the Auckland Waterfront, and Viaduct Harbour.

The store boasts a complete range of Zhik merchandise, including gear designed for yachting, dinghy sailing, kite boarding, windsurfing, SUP, canoe and kayaking.

“Zhik is worn by Olympic and World Champions, America’s Cup, and ocean racing sailors around the world,” says Simon Hull, the top sailor and businessman who has given Zhik its own home in New Zealand.

“They have 40 worldwide patents, and a massive research and development focus. Generations have grown up with Zhik wetsuits, and we know how good they are, now Zhik is making a full range of technical gear for most marine applications. This brand is growing at over 20% internationally because the gear is just superb.”

Simon says the flagship store is designed as a place for sailors and athletes to view the full range of gear, explore the technical aspects and available options . Equally there are an increasing number of resellers around the country stocking Zhik gear, and with the product now warehoused in Auckland, most products can be available around the country in 24 hours.

“Many of the products are revolutionary - lighter, warmer, more waterproof, breathable and durable, and when you are on the water, and putting yourself on the line, that level of comfort is very important, whether it’s thermals, outerwear, or footwear.”

The location in Victoria Park Market, near Auckland’s Harbour Bridge is a strategic one: the store is easy driving distance to the North Shore and Eastern beaches, where sailing, windsurfing and paddling are very popular. It’s also across the road from the biggest marina in the southern hemisphere.

“We want users and resellers to visit and discover Zhik products and make the most of it,” says Simon.

The store is now open is located next to Platinum Sports in Victoria Park Market, with street parking available nearby.

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