Mitre 10 and Timaru goes right back to the 1970's. Remember driving around town in your MkIV Escort, Radio Caroline turned up, scouting the town for a new hinge so you could finish fixing the front gate? When Collins Mitre 10 came to town, you knew you didn't have to travel far to find the gear you needed for any project, big or small. All you really wanted to know then, was who this Collins bloke?
William Henry Collins moved to New Zealand in 1866 and spent most of his time dealing with timber. By 1889 he found himself in the happy position to purchase a timber yard in Ashburton, and W.H. Collins & Co. was born. Over time the company greatly expanded our range of goods and services on offer.
After 80 years serving mid-Canterbury, the modern W.H. Collins & Co. felt it was time to venture south. Having joined the Mitre 10 group in 1977, we opened the 61st Mitre 10 Store in New Zealand, Collins Mitre 10 Timaru, at 106 Stafford Street in October 1979.
After a decade or so it was starting to get a bit cramped, so as a result, we decided to move to a newly refurbished Collins Mitre 10 Hardware store just along the road. It wasn't long before we outgrew that store too, so opened the Collins Mitre 10 Home & Trade store on the corner of North and Stafford Streets. The new premises allowed us to better serve the trade and stock a greater range of product ever seen before in Timaru.
By the late 2000's we felt an increasing sense of deja vu. So we hit the Big Orange Button in 2010, closing the Stafford Street store for our new MEGA Store on Bank Street. With a brand new building in the heart of the city, we're still serving the South Canterbury community, bigger and better than ever before.
Sopheze Espresso Garden Cafe
Amongst our Garden Centre, you'll find Sopheze Espresso Garden Cafe.
Sopheze Coffee Lounge & Catering has become legendary in Timaru and beyond. Established in 2004 by Juelaine and Vanessa Keen with the opening of Sopheze Coffee Lounge in Stafford Street, Sopheze on the Bay event venue at Caroline Bay three years later, followed by their latest success story – Sopheze Espresso Garden in the Mitre 10 Mega centre.
Sopheze are open from Monday to Saturday, 7am to 6pm.
The Collins Mitre 10 MEGA Stores
Collins Mitre 10 own and operate three Mitre 10 MEGA stores, which each serve their own diverse regions along the Central-East Coast of the South Island of New Zealand.
So if you're heading north or south anytime soon, drop into Mitre 10 MEGA Ashburton or our new Mitre 10 MEGA Oamaru. Remember also, if you have an account with us in Timaru, or are a Farmlands or Ruralco card holder, you can use your card at any of our three branches.
Each of our three MEGA stores are handily located in the centre of Ashburton, Timaru and Oamaru.
We accept Farmlands and Ruralco Cards.