Gnomes Alpine Sports are proudly announcing the opening of their brand new store located in Darfield early this May in time for the 2016 ski season.
The new store is situated at 26 South Terrace Darfield, only 400m from their existing store. When travelling from Christchurch, the new store is on the right-hand-side, opposite the Z service station.
After 12 months of careful planning the purpose built development has been designed to Gnomes specification and will be 50% larger than the current store. This will be the largest ski specific store and rental centre in Canterbury, a central hub for skiers.
Gnomes are merging their current two outlets (Darfield & Yaldhurst) into the new location. By merging the two stores Gnomes can offer an even higher level of service, lower rental prices and faster processing times while retaining quality rental equipment. The new rental centre will be able to cater to larger rental groups such as corporate or schools.
Darfield is on the fastest route to all Canterbury ski areas from Christchurch. Highway 73 heads to Porters Ski area as well as the Craigieburn Range club fields or turn off on the western edge of Darfield on to Highway 77 to get to Mt Hutt.
Business Owners Ally and Leith Kerr completed 10 seasons at the helm of the business, and this, plus the new location, mark a historic mile stone. “It’s an exciting step to progress the business to the next level.” With each year Gnomes have seen growth from their basic formula, “an extremely high level of customer service and an in-depth knowledge on all products we sell” – Ally Kerr.
“We love skiing, we are out on the mountains doing it, breathing it every day of the week. Customers can tell when you are passionate about what you do, they come to us for sound advice which will improve their time on the snow.” – Ally Kerr
Gnomes already boasts the most technical ski boot fitting service in NZ with customers coming from all over the country and Australia to get their boots customised. “This is an area that has exploded for us over the past few seasons, our knowledge of biomechanics combined with years of experience and a large range of fitting ski boots really puts us in front of the competition” – Leith Kerr
Ally, Leith and the team at Gnomes are looking forward to seeing you all in their new store for the 2016 ski season.
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