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Farmers Trading Company Retail Fitouts

Client Farmers Trading Company  Dates Since 1996/97 | Duration On going | Value of Work $10.0 million+ 

Scope and Scale 

We have a long history in servicing Farmers Trading Company (FTC), and subsidiary company Stevens, for their minor capital works and significant fitouts throughout the South Island. More recently we have assisted in earthquake repairs in FTC Christchurch stores. 

Project values range from $100,000 fitouts, alterations or repairs to $1.0 million for new builds and shell contracts designed by FTC in-house. 

Generally work is managed in staged fitouts per department undertaking strip out and re-configuration/refit within a determined hoarded area. Where necessary HRS will assist with merchandising, and fitting and fixture movement to prepare the construction space. 

In 2008 HRS undertook the $3.0 million structural strengthen of existing steel frame and construction of new ply wood roof diaphragm on FTC’s Northland mall. All work was carried out within and over the top of a live operating retail space. 


Attention to communication (daily meetings, signage, respectfulness) and safety (dust proofing, hoardings, planned deliveries) is imperative as works if often undertaken above, below, or within an operating FTC retail store or community mall. Daily communications with Farmers staff ensures activities are understood and likely disruptions communicated in advance. 

The reconfiguration/fitout is largely influenced by FTC’s Visual Merchandising team who can request last minute changes for height, placement and colour of client supplied fittings and fixtures. Where necessary HRS will work extra hours/through the night (if not already doing so) to accommodate these changes for the department to be ready for trading the next day. 

The handover of a project or staged area must meet dedicated and set opening dates. 

As a preferred builder to FTC work is awarded on a negotiated basis.