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H&J Smith – The Store

H&J Smith is privately owned regional department store group with stores in Invercargill, Queenstown and Gore.

The Invercargill Department Store with over 12,000 sqm of retail space is one of the largest stores in New Zealand and the flagship of the company. Offering a comprehensive range of Fashion, Beauty, Gift, Home Furnishings and Outdoor products, the store holds a unique place in the New Zealand retail marketplace.


H&J Smith – The Company

Established in 1900 as a drapery store in New Zealand’s southernmost city of Invercargill, the company is a Southland icon regarded for its progressive nature and commitment to serving the communities in which it operates.

What started in a small store on Invercargill’s Dee Street by Helen and brother John more than 100 years ago has grown to be one of New Zealand’s largest privately owned retail companies with the group now encompassing not only the department stores in Invercargill, Queenstown and Gore; but also Mitre 10 MEGA stores in Invercargill and Queenstown and an Outdoor and Armoury Fashion Boutique store in Invercargill.