Story: Food shops

Riccarton Mall, Christchurch

Riccarton Mall, Christchurch

The site of Riccarton Mall is shown here in the early 1960s, as the foundations were laid. By the 2000s the mall had expanded to fill the entire block. In 1965, when the mall opened, it housed a supermarket and shops. Shopping was done during the week and on Friday evenings, as most shops were not permitted to open over the weekend. The era of suburban supermarket shopping led to the end of many small food stores.

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Canterbury Museum, Stan McKay Collection
Reference: 1980.192.35
Photograph by Stan McKay

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Carl Walrond, 'Food shops - Self-service grocers and supermarkets', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 11 December 2023)

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