FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Palmerston North Chosen for First
North Island Computer Megastore
Auckland, 16 October 2001 – Palmerston North has been chosen as the first North Island location for New Zealand’s new
computer retail superstore that opens this Friday (19 October).
Appropriately named Big Byte, the new store launched by Pacific Retail Group (PRG:NZSE) is a unique computer and
communication solutions store in New Zealand. Big Byte has everything to meet Kiwi’s computing needs, whether a small or
medium business, serious computer buff or home user.
Peter Halkett, CEO of Pacific Retail Group says they chose to launch Big Byte in Palmerston North because of its
forward-thinking, growing, cosmopolitan community.
“Palmerson North calls itself Knowledge City, which is a perfect match for a high tech store such as Big Byte,” says
Big Byte is a unique computer store that will include a PC clinic for technical support service and health checks, a
solutions centre for specialist advice, a design-your-own-PC service, office furniture and a full range of communication
products and services including pre-paid and contract Telecom and Vodafone products.
Halkett says Palmerston North has numerous computer users with a vast array of small to medium size businesses.
As well as businesses, students, the family whiz kid and the retired can visit Big Byte and get specialist advice for
free,” says Halkett.
Big Byte will be located in the central business district of Palmerston North, will employ 17 people, and is open seven
PRG Company Background
Pacific Retail Group is an NZSE-listed retail company. The appliance, electronics, computer and homeware retailer has 97
stores and annual sales of over $400 million, trading through its Noel Leeming, Bond & Bond, Computer City, Living & Giving and finance activities through Pacific Retail Finance brands.