Wakefield Four Square family farewelled
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.’’
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.