The new Four Square supermarket in Darfield promises to be one of the most high-tech in the country and is set to open its doors to the public on Wednesday August 14.

It’s a flagship among Four Squares in New Zealand, as it’s the first to roll out new ESL (electronic shelf labels), LED lighting and two self-checkouts for tech-savvy customers.

The new build kicked off in December last year, and just nine months later is ready to welcome its first customers. At 1200m² the new store is twice the size of the previous and has over 70 carparks located right outside.

The new store not only offers more space but more products including an abundance of fresh produce, and all the favourite departments: meat, seafood, bakery, deli as well as Lotto. The new range also includes hot and cold food-to-go for locals and tourists looking for convenient and delicious take-out meals.

“It’s quite remarkable to see the transformation of the Four Square brand, but the one thing that hasn’t changed in our 95 years is our commitment to providing customers with quality products and exceptional community service, of which were all extremely proud,” said Four Square Group Manager (South Island) Steve Alexander.

Four Square Darfield is no exception with local family ties going back three generations.

Store owners Kelvin and Delwyn Taege said the business has been in their family for over 39 years, and they are excited to begin their next chapter in a ‘brand new’ modern store.

“While it’s sad to see the old building and a lot of history go, we know the community is going to absolutely love this new full-service store,” Kelvin said.

“I think they will particularly enjoy the ease of the new self-check outs when they need to pop in for a few fresh products, or even a hot meal on the go. These are in addition to the regular checkout stations.”

“We’ll still have the same, friendly team of wonderful staff from the previous store, with a number of new smiling faces to help customers find what they’re after and provide any assistance required getting to know the new self-checkouts and store layout.”

To mark the opening of the new Four Square Darfield next Wednesday, there will be a cutting of the ribbon ceremony, where Selwyn district Mayor Sam Broughton will be in attendance to help celebrate and refreshments will be provided for shoppers eager to fill their trolleys, and be among the first to swipe themselves through the new self-check outs.