Wake­field Four Square fam­ily farewelled

The Leader (Tasman) - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - TIM O'CON­NELL

Af­ter a decade of look­ing out for the lo­cals, the peo­ple of Wake­field made sure Stu and Jac­qui Hore checked out of the lo­cal Four Square store with a till full of ap­pre­ci­a­tion.

The cou­ple take over own­er­ship of the Wai­mate New World from June 26, where they will over­see 85 staff in the town’s largest su­per­mar­ket.

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives from school and the com­mu­nity turned out to the Wake­field Fire Sta­tion for the pot luck din­ner last Thurs­day. Pupils from Wake­field School also cre­ated a colour­ful farewell ban­ner for the oc­ca­sion.

As well as a hand­ful of first di­vi­sion Lotto and win­ning wheel win­ners, Stu said one en­dur­ing high­light of their time in charge was Wake­field’s star turn in a series of tele­vi­sion com­mer­cials for the Four Square chain, filmed in 2013.

‘‘I think the im­pres­sive thing was that we were able to use so many of the lo­cals - and that is what Four Square is all about, look­ing af­ter the lo­cals and I guess we sup­port them and they’ve cer­tainly sup­ported us,’’ he said.

New own­ers Phil and Ruth Bell also at­tended the farewell oc­ca­sion, along with their twin sons, Dylan and Lu­cas.

The fam­ily have al­ready made them­selves at home in Wake­field and were thrilled with the wel­come they had been given.

‘‘It’s a great wee spot and there’s a good group of peo­ple here - we’re very for­tu­nate,’’ Phil said.

Al­though the Bells hail from Otago, Ruth had links to the re­gion through her Rich­mond up­bring­ing. Her par­ents still lived there and were ac­com­mo­dat­ing the fam­ily while they es­tab­lished them­selves.

While Ruth’s work back­ground is in in­te­ri­ors, Phil is a butcher by trade who learnt this chops in the su­per­mar­ket trade, most re­cently as fresh food man­ager op­er­a­tions at Mos­giel New World.

Both boys have set­tled into their new school and lined up for their first games of rugby wear­ing the blue and gold of Wan­der­ers over the week­end - a nat­u­ral colour fit, given the boys are avid High­landers fans.

The Four Square change of own­er­ship took place on Mon­day, with the Hores spend­ing a few days eas­ing the Bells into their new role.

Wake­field res­i­dent Sue Ke­tel said a proper good­bye for the Hores was nec­es­sary given the amount of time and en­ergy they had con­trib­uted to the vil­lage.

‘‘I just didn’t re­ally want to see them leave the vil­lage with­out some kind of send-off.’’

‘‘The Four Square’s a huge part of our com­mu­nity re­ally and they’re the kind of peo­ple who never say no – it doesn’t ex­ist in their vo­cab­u­lary.’’

PHOTO: MARTIN DE RUYTER/ FAIR­FAX NZ

Jac­qui Hore and Stu Hore with their daugh­ters Stephanie, left, Larissa and Monique and mem­bers of the Wake­field com­mu­nity who farewelled the fam­ily, who owned the 4 Square in Wake­field.

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