Talking to Rodd & Gunn Managing Director, Mike Beagley, it was clear the milestone Newport Beach premise was an achievement of great pride, punctuating end of one story and the beginning of another.
The October 7th grand opening party for the Newport Beach store was a special milestone for the whole team.
“This event was our way of bringing Rodd & Gunn’s New Zealand heritage to the great community of Newport Beach. We really wanted to celebrate and honour all the key elements of our brand and culture, from an appreciation of the outdoors and active lifestyle to highlighting the best of New Zealand ingredients”, said Beagley. “It means so much that we were able to open right here in Newport Beach. It really feels like our home away from home”.
As for the future? Rodd & Gunn is committed to building its brand in the US. To do that it needs flagship stores in key locations.
“In the simplest terms, we must showcase the whole Rodd & Gunn story. Its roots, its width, its heart and its soul”, says Beagley.
“Expansion is on the table but it must be strategic”, he continues. “Dallas is a possibility in the relative short term. I’d like to see 20 to 30 stores in the next three years”.
Ambitious? Certainly. But the company now has momentum and with momentum comes speed.