Busi­ness cou­ple off to en­joy re­tire­ment

Te Puke Times - - NEWS - By STU­ART WHI­TAKER news@tepuke­times.co.nz

Few cou­ples can have had as deep or as last­ing an im­pact on Te Puke as Shirley and Des McGre­gor.

For close to 60 years they have had a pres­ence in the town cen­tre, but next month they will of­fi­cially bow out grace­fully and head into re­tire­ment.

The com­mu­nity they have sup­ported and that has sup­ported them is be­ing asked to cel­e­brate their re­tire­ment at the end of Septem­ber with an af­ter­noon tea at the Set­tlers Lounge in Te Puke Me­mo­rial Hall.

Shirley and Des moved to Te Puke from Tau­ranga in 1960, buy­ing the Four Square and liquor store.

As the busi­ness grew, Shirley moved the wine com­po­nent of the busi­ness to the op­po­site side of the street and be­came in­volved in the New Zealand Wine Mer­chants’ As­so­ci­a­tion.

Des’ claim to fame is set­ting up the town’s first su­per­mar­ket.

One of Shirley’s great­est achieve­ments was the cre­ation of the Te Puke Ki­wifruit fes­ti­val, which be­gan in 1976 and she was also heav­ily in­volved in the Ki­wifruit Queen con­test.

As part of Te Puke Main­street she was an avid pro­moter of the town.

Her con­tri­bu­tion was recog­nised in 2014 when she re­ceived the Lorna Treloar Me­mo­rial Cit­i­zen of the Year award.

In 1999 Des and Shirley, in part­ner­ship with their daugh­ter Sue and Sue’s hus­band Ash, bought the Te Puke Ho­tel.

Any­one want­ing to at­tend the af­ter­noon tea can ei­ther call Ron Spratt on 573 9808 or email Di Leach at dand­bleach@gmail.com. It will be be­tween 2.30pm and 4.30pm on Septem­ber 30.

Des and Shirley McGre­gor at the Te Puke Ho­tel Bar in 2008 when the ho­tel cel­e­brated its cen­te­nary.

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