Waipawa residents are welcoming the re-opening of their local Four Square, after four months without a supermarket.
The central Hawke's Bay store was destroyed after a devastating fire on May 30th this year, and owners Graham and Rachel Williams are continuing to serve their community by setting up a pop-up store.
The new temporary Four Square is preparing to open its doors on Thursday 30th September at 8am. And there'll be no problems finding it, as the pop-up store is located right next door, in a building that was fortunately unaffected by the fire.
In the days following the fire, Foodstuffs North Island CEO, Chris Quin visited Graham and Rachel and their team. Together they came up with a plan to open a temporary pop-up supermarket while they built a brand-new Four Square store on the old site.
The pop-up store has seen Foodstuffs rally together with the team at Four Square Waipawa, and the smaller store is well-stocked with products and essential goods to meet the community’s needs.
“We are thankful for all the support we’ve received from the Waipawa community, who have been there for us as we worked hard behind the scenes to open up the temporary store’s doors,” said Graham Williams, Four Square Waipawa owner operator. “We’re really excited to be up-and-running again and be there for our local community.”
With Covid-19 restrictions and Alert Level changes meaning more people need to 'shop local', smaller community supermarkets are more important than ever.
“We’re looking forward to seeing local familiar faces in-store again and can’t wait to share the brand-new Four Square with everyone late next year,” Williams said.