Food shopping in Matakana is set to be given a major boost with the arrival of new Four Square owners David and Helen Whyman.
The self-professed foodies have ambitious plans to double the size of the store, improve the range and quality of products on offer and create a modern supermarket experience.
“There’s a big hole in the market to create not just a convenience store, but a beautiful environment where people can buy anything they want, from everyday to gourmet, for breakfast, lunch, dinner and everything in between,” David says.
Once the summer rush is over, the big build will start, extending into what was the Black Dog café, as well as the shop’s current storage and office space. David says there will be polished concrete floors, a cool and spacious interior, and five different pay points, including two self-checkouts.
The plan is to start the expansion after Easter and have it all finished by Labour Weekend. In the meantime, the focus is on improving the shop’s range, from more local produce to genuine French breads and pastries.
David and Helen are no strangers to creating a perfect Four Square experience, having come from Kerikeri, where they built the store at Waipapa from scratch and ran it for five years.
They have long seen the potential to do something similar in Matakana, so leapt at the chance when the store came up for sale, and moved to Omaha with their two daughters.
“This is our home now, we’re here for the long term,” David says.