Warkworth Butchery’s Rob Lees is ready to roll – again.
While it’s far from business as usual for most retailers, there’s a bit more flexibility for food and drink suppliers in the latest Level 4 lockdown.
Many stores that were forced to close last year now have online ordering and delivery systems in place, giving local residents more of a choice when they shop.
Although only supermarkets, dairies, pharmacies and food banks are allowed to actually open to customers, other food and drink stores can make contact-less deliveries even when closed. In Mahurangi, there are a number of butchers, fresh produce and liquor stores that are taking online orders and delivering already.
Warkworth Butchery says that due to its restaurant customers being forced to close, they have put together a new range of mixed meat boxes, where contents may vary, but which offer “great deals”. Its website also allows people to order individual items and any specific requests can be phoned in. It delivers across a wide area, including Orewa, Ahuroa, Millwater, Mahurangi West, Leigh and Wellsford.
At Matakana Village Butchery, customers can shop online for the shop’s full range of meat, pet food and accessories via its website, and it makes deliveries as far as Pakiri, Whangaripo, Omaha, Tawharanui Peninsula, Martins Bay, Kawau Island, Kaipara Flats and all points in between.
Maungi Meats in Maungaturoto is delivering meat and fresh fruit and vegetables in town and beyond, to Kaiwaka, Whakapirau, Paparoa, Pahi and Ruawai.
Fruit and vegie producer Mangawhai Grown is also well set up for lockdown deliveries, even to the point of being able to continue if levels change and border checkpoints are set up. Owner Katie Canavan says their drivers will have exemptions, meaning they can continue to take online orders and deliver to Northland, Rodney, Hibiscus Coast and Auckland.
And Matakana-based microgreen grower Eat Your Greens is also doing regular local deliveries – look for them on Facebook.
In addition, most local liquor stores are offering online ordering and delivery this time round, although usually with minimum order limits, delivery fees and strict ID requirements in place. These include Liquor Centres in Matakana and Warkworth, Super Liquor in Wellsford and Warkworth, Bottle-Os in Snells Beach, Wellsford and Warkworth and Liquorland Snells Beach.
The website or Facebook page for each store has online ordering and delivery details.
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