The General Store was established in Christchurch in 2006 by Sonya Henry, originally with a range of NZ souvenirs. The store traded in various locations around the central city before becoming a popular fixture in the ReStart Container Mall following the Christchurch Earthquake. After the disestablishment of the ReStart Mall, the store moved into it’s current location in Plymouth Lane (runs between Cashel Mall and Lichfield St carpark).
In February 2020, The General Store was purchased by Phil and Katy Stephens. Phil previously owned a manufacturing business and Katy was working as a nurse. After 6 months of travelling in Europe in 2019, Katy was looking for a new challenge and a gift shop spoke to her love of thoughtful gift giving. Phil brings the business acumen to the partnership, while Katy runs the shop day to day and works on the ordering.
Katy’s vision for the store is to support a range of stylish gifts and homewares with an emphasis on supporting small NZ brands and products.