Smiths City Group Limited, through its subsidiaries, engages in retail trading, finance, and property businesses in New Zealand. The company?s retail trading activities include the retailing of a range of products, including furniture, beds, floor coverings, appliances, heating and air conditioning products, consumer electronics, and sporting goods through lifestyle stores that operate under the Smiths City brand. Its retail trading activities also include the operation of specialist appliance stores under the Powerstore and L V Martin brands, which offer appliances and consumer electronics, as well as installation and after sales services to retail activities. Smiths City Group?s finance activities include the provision of finance options and unsecured loan facilities to the customers of its retail business. The company?s property business comprises the ownership of the Smiths City store in Colombo Street, Christchurch, as well as develops sites that are occupied by the company. As of April 30, 2009, it operated 17 lifestyle stores and 8 specialist appliance stores in South Island, 7 lifestyle stores in the North Island, and 5 specialist appliance stores in the Wellington region, as well as 4 clearance centers and a Furniture Concepts branded store. The company was founded in 1918 and is based in Christchurch, New Zealand.