Es­cap­ing the heat with ice­cream

Stores run out of favourites

Havelock North Village Press - - News -

Hawke’s Bay res­i­dents have been stock­ing up on the es­sen­tials for a hot day as the mer­cury stays around 30C.

Hot tem­per­a­tures have led to such a de­mand in ice­cream and cold drinks that some busi­nesses have had to turn cus­tomers away.

Have­lock North McDon­ald’s ran out of soft serve ice­cream and milk­shakes on Wednes­day evening, forc­ing cus­tomers to look else­where.

Man­ager of Rush Mun­roe’s in Hast­ings, Jess MacLeod, said dur­ing the last week, staff had been dish­ing out an av­er­age of 1200 scoops of ice­cream a day.

“Our busiest days have been New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. The flavour we seem to be run­ning out of the most is fei­joa, peo­ple al­ways tend to over-or­der on choco­late, but fei­joa is the favourite.”

MacLeod said the av­er­age wait­ing time for cus­tomers dur­ing the busy sea­son could be up to 25 min­utes.

“We can only have a cou­ple of peo­ple scoop­ing at a time, but we do get really long lines of peo­ple, some­times it goes out the gate and on to the foot­path.”

MacLeod said while the reg­u­lars usu­ally eased back to al­low tourists and vis­i­tors in, peo­ple who grew up in Hawke’s Bay but no longer lived there would of­ten visit the iconic spot when they were on hol­i­day.

“We had one cus­tomer come in who re­mem­bered vis­it­ing here 30 years ago and he lives over­seas. He’s just one of many that comes to visit the store when­ever he’s in the Bay,” she said.

Owner of the Mr Whippy Hawke’s Bay branch, Peter Fog­a­rty, said although the sea­son started off a lit­tle quiet with wet weather, they’re now back into the full swing of things.

“There was a truck down at Waimarama beach yes­ter­day and staff were com­pletely run off their feet.”

While ice­cream was a musthave for many, por­ta­ble swim­ming pools and fans had also been fly­ing out the door of hard­ware stores. A staff mem­ber at Wairoa’s Ham­mer Hard­ware said tem­per­a­tures had been swel­ter­ing and cus­tomers had been pur­chas­ing items best suited to cool­ing them­selves down.

PHOTO / PAUL TAY­LOR

From left, Milena Borbe, Karo­line Warm and Laura Heubeck of Ger­many en­joy­ing an ice­cream in the Hawke’s Bay heat.

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