IT fulfilment specialist, Harris Technology, has opened its first business centre in Western Australia and a new business centre in the Western Sydney suburb of Parramatta.
The Coles Myer-owned company opened the doors on the two new retail operations on successive Mondays. The WA Business Centre, based in Osborne Park, will employ 17 staff while the new Parramatta store will employ 14.
Formerly Harris Technology’s NSW sales manager, Colin Rigley, relocated to Perth to head the WA operation a month ago.
He leads a team of eight business centre staff, and eight corporate, education and government salespeople.
Rigley said he was the only Harris Technology ‘import’ on the WA team: “I’ve been very fortunate, the staff have all come from other IT companies in WA.”
Harris Technology managing director, David Foster, said a store in Parramatta was seen as a necessary step to cover off Western Sydney.
He also noted that Parramatta was the home of several NSW state Government departments.
Harris Technology now has three business centres in Sydney — its flagship stores in North Sydney and North Ryde, and the new store in Parramatta.
But the reseller’s ambitions for the Harbour city do not stop there — Foster is also keen to open a centre in the Sydney CBD as soon as the company finds a suitable location.
Until recently, inner Sydney was fulfilled by Harris Technology’s “Technology Centre” within the K-Mart at Broadway.
Harris Technology has decided to dump this format and leave it to its office products peer, OfficeWorks, another of Coles Myer’s companies.
“The Technology Centre format worked very well,” he said. “But it is essentially a retail concept — there were no technicians on-site and it did not stock the full range.”
We don’t want to dilute our value proposition to the market,” he said. “So as soon as we find the right location, we will open a full offering [business centre] in the Sydney CBD.”
The new stores come hot on the heels of Harris Technology’s Canberra opening in May. And there are more stores in the pipeline for regional Australia.
“We’re now seeking to open in Adelaide as soon as we find a location,” Foster said.