South Australia will become the last state to be exposed to the Harvey Norman retailing juggernaut when the company opens a new computers and commmunications superstore in the south-western Adelaide suburb of Marion this month.
According to Tony Gattari, general manager, Harvey Norman computers and communications, the store is as big as three-and-a-half basketball courts and will be the biggest and best yet.
"With each new store opening we improve on previous models," Gattari said. "The Marion store will have the best of the best when it comes to shop fittings and floor layout as well as the latest in technology and products."
Harvey Norman is expecting to turn over in excess of $14 million in the first year at the new location.
The new Marion store brings the total number of Harvey Norman's computers and communications stores in Australia to 83. A further 10 are planned for the near future.
These include two more in South Australia (Enfield and Adelaide City); four in Western Australia (Joondalup, Guildford, Port Kennedy and O'Connor); two in NSW (Liverpool and Tweed Heads); and one each in Queensland (Noosa) and the Northern Territory (Darwin).
In other news from Harvey Norman, Paul D'Ambra has been appointed to the head office position of national software coordinator. D'Ambra knows the Harvey Norman culture well, having been on the management team at the Auburn Computer Superstore up until a few years ago.
"Understanding Harvey Norman systems is vital to a coordinator's role," Gattari said. "The software section represents around 30 per cent of our total revenue for the department. This year we expect to turnover $520 million in sales with software claiming $156 million of that."
D'Ambra comes to Harvey Norman after spending time with Tech Pacific, Computerland and Woolworths.