Joseph Willis and R. S. McKenzie formed a partnership prominently called as the McKenzie & Willis in 1906. It started as a real estate agency at the same time, it auctioned and sold second hand furniture. It quickly evolved to a business that focused exclusively on the furnishings trade. Today, we could think of a stylish furniture or a high quality interior when we hear the words, McKenzie & Willis combined with its service and expertise to make it much better!
An unfortunate circumstance happened in 1914 when the partnership was dissolved between Joseph Willis and R. S. McKenzie. Yet, the former decided to continue the business under its original name. On the earliest years of their business, they spent their time on the first floor of the Royal Exchange Building on the western side of Christchurch’s Cathedral Square. However, it expanded so quickly in 1928 and all the four floors of the reconstructed Queens Theatre in Hereford Street was filled by McKenzie & Willis. This time, furniture are not only presented, it also has blinds, curtains, flooring, and home appliances.
They realized in the early 1970s that McKenzie & Willis has the potential for growth into other areas. It started opening its first branch in the Southern Island in Timaru during 1973. From that time on, McKenzie & Willis opened its branches in Wanaka, Queenstown, and Dunedin, providing an enormous network of service and expertise throughout the South Island.
In 1980, McKenzie & Willis purchased another local Christchurch furnishing retailer, A. J. Whites following their building on the corner of Tuam and High Streets. Finally, the two businesses were integrated and it was substantially renovated! It then became known as the iconic McKenzie & Willis showroom.
Another sad event happened on February 22, 2011 when the Christchurch Earthquake damaged the building and the showroom as well. Yet, effort was quickly exerted in order to save the historic façade of the building. Today, the Christchurch flagship store is currently located at 181 Blenheim Road, sitting for more than four years.
And due to its positivity, it looks forward and acknowledges the ever changing energy of the home furnishing market as well as its customers. McKenzie & Willis aimed to continue its improvement and growth most especially with its “in home” services such as blind in home, curtain, and flooring consultations, measures and quotes, and interior design services.
McKenzie & Willis is proud to serve its customers with quality service. The retail store has been increasing that it offers a wide range of products and services. Good thing is that it allows us to have a bigger access to the best home furnishing and décor experience.
The McKenzie & Willis ensures us that when we buy an item to them, we will certainly feel confident. It is covered by “the McKenzie & Willis Promise,” which provides for the product warranty, aside from that of the New Zealand Consumer Guarantees Act. It is quite heartwarming because we have our personal warranty and our right is greatly valued by McKenzie & Willis.
On all items, a blanket warranty is also offered to its customers. Thus, we are all protected from our existing rights according to our own laws. And of course, since we are also secured by its own promise, which will never be less than our existing rights, we will definitely enjoy all of its products!
From furniture and beds to floor coverings and home linens, McKenzie & Willis provides for warranty, depending on the item. Furniture includes Sofas, Dining, Occasional & Accessories, Outdoor. Beds include Mattress & Bases and Bedroom Furniture. There are many more products available at McKenzie & Willis!
And of course, all its products are from well-known brands from Baksana and Fairydown to Linens & More and Sheridan! It also provides a wide range of discounts depending on its offer. Currently, McKenzie & Willis gives us a reason to love winter by getting up to 50% off store wide.
Aside from its products, it also offers services such us in home curtain & blind consultation, in home flooring consultation, in home furniture consultation, and a lot more! We can request an in home consultation or get inspiration from new blogs. It is also the best hub where we can find our perfect mattress. And we can join to win some surprises!
There is nothing more exciting than getting the best items in an affordable cost. We will surely love all the products and services McKenzie & Willis has to offer.
What is more is that it offers tips and techniques in order for us to take care of our items. We could be assisted by their bed experts in doing the product care on our own homes. We could even print and share it to our friends!
There are more exciting stuff that we can have at McKenzie & Willis! It is up to us to discover.