Story: Food shops

Wardells supermarket, 1956

Wardells supermarket, 1956

Wardells super market in Willis St, Wellington, was one of the capital's first supermarkets – yet it seems tiny when compared with the supermarkets of the 2000s. At first shoppers were not used to being allowed to take groceries off shelves themselves, as the grocer normally did it for them.

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Carl Walrond, 'Food shops - Self-service grocers and supermarkets', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 27 September 2023)

Story by Carl Walrond, published 11 Mar 2010, updated 1 Sep 2016