The success story that is Michael Hill today, began in 1979 when Michael Hill opened his first store in the New Zealand town of Whangarei, just north of Auckland. Michael's vision was to open 7 stores in 7 years and to create a unique retail jewellery experience, with dramatically different store designs and a product range devoted exclusively to jewellery and to promote it with high impact advertising.
The formula certainly worked and the company grew rapidly, expanding to 10 stores by 1987, the same year it was listed on the New Zealand Stock Exchange.
1987 proved to be an auspicious year, with Michael Hill crossing the Tasman to open its first two Australian stores in the Brisbane suburbs of Indooroopilly and Chermside.
Today, Michael Hill is Australasia's pre-eminent retail jewellery chain, with over 280 stores throughout New Zealand, Australia, Canada and the USA. It is owned and operated by Michael Hill International.
Of paramount importance to the company is the ability to offer world class quality and design at an accessible price. We are proud that much of our product is crafted by our own jewellers at our manufacturing division in Australia.
Michael Hill is the winner of numerous prestigious retail and design awards, including the celebrated Australian gemstone awards.
The group employs close to 3000 staff in retailing, manufacturing, and administration. Listed on the New Zealand Stock Exchange, Michael Hill is the most profitable, publicly listed retail jeweller in Australia and New Zealand.
Michael Hill will continue to expand into new markets to reach our vision of 1000 stores by the year 2022. – less