The Nosh store in Pakuranga, Auckland is closed this week and the sign on the door says the store is “relocating”. Meanwhile, media reports confirm that a number of unpaid suppliers have stopped deliveries to Nosh stores in Auckland.
It appears that the new owners of the upmarket grocery chain, who acquired Nosh from Veritas in February 2017, are in trouble right now and the future of the chain seems uncertain.
When it first launched in Auckland in 2006, Nosh promised an exciting alternative to the big supermarket chains. Nosh was the place to go for imported delicatessens, organic fruit and vegetables, artisan cheeses, and top notch local meat and seafood.
Founders Clinton Beuvink and Chris Moore opened their first Nosh store in Glen Innes and the chain soon grew to have nine stores across the North Island. Earlier this week however, black rubbish bags covered the doors of the original Glen Innes store. A note taped to the door stated that the business was “working tirelessly behind the scenes to deliver you the best version of Nosh”. Another note from the landlord told prospective shoppers that the store’s lease is terminated for “having failed to satisfy default notices”. The notice also warned that any attempt by the tenant to gain entry to the premises would be viewed as trespassing.
In June, Nosh closed at least four stores “for relaunch on June 26”. When that day came, different notices said the relaunch had been delayed until July 8.
The website noshfoodmarket.com states this week that four Nosh stores are “Closed for maintenance & restocking”.