Michael Hill is an international multi-channel retail jewellery chain with a vision to be the most loved jewellery destination by creating fine jewellery accessible to all. As of 28June 2020, it operates 290 stores and digital platform across Australia, New Zealand and Canada.
The first Michael Hill store opened in 1979 when Sir Michael Hill and his wife, Lady Christine Hill launched their unique retail jewellery formula in the New Zealand town of Whangarei, some 160 kilometres north of Auckland. With dramatically different store designs, a product range devoted exclusively to accessible jewellery and the clever use of high impact advertising, Michael Hill rapidly gained popularity and rose to national prominence.
Successful listing on the New Zealand Stock Exchange in 1987 saw the Group expand across the Tasman to Australia. After 15 years of sustained growth in both countries, Michael Hill embraced the opportunity to expand to North America in 2002, opening its first stores in Vancouver, Canada. The Group's Canadian retail presence continues to evolve as does the Group's innovative online presence in all markets in which it operates.
In 2016 Michael Hill moved its primary stock exchange to the Australian Securities Exchange and continues to maintain a secondary listing on the New Zealand Stock Exchange (ASX/NZX: MHJ).
As of 28 June 2020, the Group proudly operates 155 stores in Australia, 49 in New Zealand and 86 stores in Canada. Around the world, the Group employs approximately 2,500 permanent employees across retail sales, manufacturing and administration roles.
From 1979 until now and into the future, one constant underpins all that we do: we’re for love. Michael Hill remains committed to creating quality jewellery for our customers to cherish for a lifetime.
MICHAEL HILL INTERNATIONAL TIMELINE
Michael Hill opened its doors for trading for the first time in Whangarei, New Zealand. Sir Michael's aim was to make jewellery buying less intimidating and more accessible to buyers. This was achieved by designing stores with larger, more inviting entrances and a modern feel of the Hong Kong gold markets.
The company listed on the New Zealand Stock exchange as well as expanding into Australia, opening 4 stores in Brisbane, Queensland.
In 2002, Michael Hill expanded into Canada, opening its first stores in Vancouver, British Columbia.
The Group moved its Support Centre to Brisbane, Australia, where all manufacturing and administration continues to be performed.
In 2008 the Company's success was recognised, with Sir Michael Hill winning Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year. In September 2008, the Company also entered the United States market, opening its first store in Chicago.
The Company further expanded and launched a new collection called “Infinitas”.
Michael Hill continued to expand its differentiated proprietary collections to span watches, diamond jewellery, charms, and engagement rings. Also this year, the Company invested in a new e-commerce platform as a focal point for digital marketing efforts in all four markets.
The Michael Hill Designer Bridal Collection is launched in North America. The collection is built around Sir Michael’s love of music and each engagement ring features a natural pink sapphire in the band.
The Company launched a new interchangeable jewellery brand – Emma & Roe – after a successful trial during the preceding 18 months under the trading name “Captured Moments”.
Sir Michael Hill is on hand to open the first Michael Hill New York City store at Queens Center. A second New York store is now open in Roosevelt Field.
The 300th Company store opens at Vulcan Lane – one of Auckland’s most iconic laneways. Take a virtual tour of the store here.
Sprits Bay launches in New Zealand – a collection designed by Christine Hill from the ring like form of Totoere shells, worn down by the elements.
The Company moved its primary listing to the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) with a secondary listing on the New Zealand Stock Exchange (ASX/NXZ Code: MHJ).