Grocery shopping

Canned foods, first produced in the nineteenth century, have been an important convenience for New Zealand cooks, despite an emphasis on home gardens and orchards for much of the twentieth century.

These women shop at a Woolworths Supermarket in 1964. The first outlet offering ‘one-stop’ shopping was probably the Four Square supermarket opened in Devonport, Auckland, by Bill Miller in 1957. Among the first supermarkets was the Foodtown 'all-convenience' store which opened in Ōtāhuhu in June 1958. It boasted 118 car-parking spaces.


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Posted: 05 Nov 2018

I have a photo of a supermarket in Te Anau dated 1955

Neil Barker

Posted: 09 May 2013

The first one-stop Supermarket was opened by, Four Square member Bill Miller in Belmont, North Shore, on the 5th of November 1957, some 8 months ahead of Foodtown.