Surrey, BC V3R 7C1
The company started in 1979, when Michael Hill and his wife, Christine, opened their first store in the New Zealand town of Whangarei. A unique retail jewellery formula that included dramatically different store designs, a product range devoted exclusively to jewellery and almost saturation levels of high impact advertising elevated the company to national prominence. The company also received several international awards for window-dressing from renowned brands such as Bulova, Olympic and Omega. In 2002, the company expanded into Canada, opening its first stores in Vancouver. Michael Hill now has a presence in four Canadian provinces: British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba and Ontario.