An iconic denim retail store's founder has passed away. Established in 1988 by Kevyn Male, Route 66 held its own in Newmarket for decades and remains a staple in Newmarket's strip shopping. Taking on the challenge of transforming an old post office into a new era, Male pushed the boundaries of mainstream retailing in NZ. Inspiration was drawn mostly from its name, Route 66, a lot of the original imagery featured cars, roads, deserts, and petrol pumps. Prior to Route 66, Male had a womenswear boutique called Three Bears which first opened its doors in 1967.
He passed away gently and peacefully while being surrounded by loved ones on December 4th. Loving father to Todd, Samantha and Pascalle, father-in-law to Karen and Andy. Loving Grandad to Louis, Maddison, Daisy, Ike and Coco. Loved brother to Clyde, Warren, Graeme, Delwyn, and their families. A much loved friend to Sue.
Kevyn Male was a true character who will not be forgotten.
A service to remember and celebrate Kevyn's life will be held at All Saints Church, corner Selwyn Rd and Cook St, Howick on Tuesday 11th December at 1.30pm.