Big Dreams, Small Beginnings


The Clermont Group draws on more than a century of Chandler family business experience. Chicago-born Edward Chandler founded Chandler & Co, an advertising firm, in Auckland, New Zealand in 1903. His son Robert and his wife Marija opened Chandler House, a department store in Hamilton, New Zealand in 1973. In 1982 two sons, Richard and Christopher, joined the business. The company grew to include a department store in Auckland and a chain of fashion stores.