Kitchen franchise to widen network
Ezy Kitchens, a franchise group of six kitchen showrooms located in Nelson, Hokitika, Christchurch, Timaru, Alexandra and Invercargill, has plans for expansion.
The company is currently looking for like-minded people with a passion for business excellence to make enquiries for the Dunedin, Blenheim and North Island areas.
Ezy Kitchens Limited co-director Cheryl Petterson says every area franchise is owned and operated by local people and staffed by at least two designers working with a team of professional sub-contractors.
Its showrooms offer displays of the latest kitchen designs, along with a wide range of new appliance options from leading manufacturers.
For those planning a new kitchen or thinking about updating, a showroom visit is recommended to see some of the many options available.
“We are not restricted to a rigid set of design parameters,” Cheryl Petterson says.
“We can do whatever the client wants. Every kitchen is a completely different design.
“All our cabinetry is made in Christchurch by Joinery Scene using state of the art machinery.”
Co-director Ricky Pont says every kitchen is designed to fit individual client’s requirements; working directly with a New Zealand manufacturer means Ezy Kitchens can maintain strict control over quality and is able to be fully transparent about costs and time-frames.
“High standards of functionality, combined with informed design aesthetics, are incorporated to meet clients’ expectations.”
Ezy Kitchens uses 3D design software which makes it a breeze for clients to visualize their new kitchen; they can even view how their cabinetry will look as every showroom stocks a wide range of cabinetry samples.
Quality service is a key part of the package; Ezy Kitchens handles everything from design to installation.
“We really do make it easy for the customer – we take the hard work out of it,” Cheryl says.
Ezy Kitchens prompt service means there is a five day turn-around for quotes and designs, while installation usually takes between three to six weeks depending on materials specified.
Competitive pricing includes great package deals on new appliances, such as ovens, range hoods, cook-tops, dishwashers and refrigerators.
Ezy Kitchens deals directly with Betta Electrical and is a member of the appliance network group.
Ricky has been in the trade since 1975 and believes Ezy Kitchens is a unique success story.
“The system that we use is up-to-date and quite different to anything else I have seen in the past forty years.
“It is a combination of the service we offer, our quality New Zealand-made cabinetry, and our competitiveness.”
As well as Ricky and Cheryl, Ezy Kitchens’ Limited is managed by a third experienced director, Richard Hill, who owns the Christchurch franchise and manufacturing plant which uses the latest technology and machinery to manufacture the kitchens.
In terms of kitchen trends, white kitchens and white bench-tops are still leading the way in the market with slimmer bench-tops and streamlined features such as handle-less cupboards also on trend.
Along with engineered and natural stone surfaces, people are also choosing acrylic benchtops.
Glossy European laminates with the new Euro edge are a stylish and competitively priced choice, while stainless steel remains the dominant finish of choice for new appliances.
In new homes, kitchens continue to get bigger with a lot of clients adding additional features such as sculleries, bars and a drinks area.