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The Star: June 01, 2017

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14 Thursday June 1 2017 Latest Christchurch news at www. .kiwi The Star $ 5 99 kg Fresh NZ Pork Leg Roast (Excludes Free Range) Easy Peel Seedless Mandarins $ 3 99 kg $ 1 00 each L&P 1.5L $ 3 99 each Whittaker’s Chocolate Block 250g BEER WINE & $ 7 99 each WEEK $ 8 99 each WEEK $ 11 99 each WEEK WEEK 24 On now! 29 30 31 More deals instore! Selaks 750ml (Excludes Reserve/Founders/Taste Collection) $ 31 99 pack WEEK DB/Export Gold/Tui 24 x 330ml Bottles Jacob’s Creek Sparkling 750ml (Excludes Reserve) $ 37 99 pack WEEK Steinlager Classic 24 x 330ml Bottles Wither Hills 750ml (Excludes Pinot Noir) FreshChoice Barrington | Merivale | Parklands Open 7 Days a week. FreshChoice.co.nz FreshChoiceNZ 0800 40 40 40 Customer Support Freephone Certain products may not be available in all stores. Savings are based on non-promotional price. Limits may apply. Prices apply from Thursday 1st June to Sunday 4th June 2017, or while stocks last. Owned and operated by locals FCCS0106

The Star 15 News Latest Christchurch news at www. Thursday June 1 2017 Doing their bit for the rebuild .kiwi The Brown family has been in the grocery industry for 145 years – and in August they will open their newest supermarket, FreshChoice City Market. Bridget Rutherford reports FOR THE Browns, the grocery industry is a family business. They have been providing Cantabrians with fresh produce, food and bakery supplies for 145 years. And come August, they will open their newest store, FreshChoice City Market, in The Crossing on Lichfield St. It wasn’t a decision Neville and Heather Brown made lightly. The city was suffering following the devastating February 22, 2011, earthquake. Heather said they wanted to do their part in its regeneration. “For us it was about the CBD and what we could do to contribute to the rebuild with what we know how to do. “We understand that supermarkets are part of essential services and are important in building communities. They are pivotal points for people to meet and feel comfortable. We want people to feel at home and they are part of our business. Everything we do, we do with them at the top of our mind.” She said their family was committed to Christchurch. “A supermarket in the CBD was a way Neville and I thought we could help the city regenerate and bring back a sense of normality.” It hasn’t been a quick process. Heather said they first approached the Carter Group in 2012 about including a supermarket in the CBD, and it had been a huge job trying to bring it to fruition. Although FreshChoice City COMMITTED: Neville and Heather Brown say they wanted to help regenerate the city centre following the February 22, 2011, earthquake in the way they knew how – opening FreshChoice City Market. PHOTO: MARTIN HUNTER Market has taken about five years to develop, the family journey began in 1872. It was then when Neville’s great, great, great grandparents Charlie and Annie Chivers opened the Otipua General Store near Timaru. In the 1930s, his great uncle, John Renfrew Brown, owned a bakery and delivery truck in Dunedin. Neville bought his first supermarket at the age of 22 in 1972. In total, the Browns have owned seven supermarkets across South Canterbury and Canterbury. They have owned FreshChoice Barrington since 1993. But the tradition doesn’t stop there. The Brown’s three sons grew up working in their supermarkets during school holidays and spent a lot of time in them. After going overseas and taking different career paths, they all decided to come back and go into the same business. Their eldest, Julian and his wife Kirsty, bought FreshChoice Parklands in 2005. Their middle son, Nick, owns FAMILY BUSINESS: Neville Brown’s great uncle, John Renfrew Brown, owned a bakery and delivery truck in Dunedin during the 1930s. SuperValue Sumner and The Bottle-O Sumner, and is supported by his wife Anna. And their youngest, Scot and wife Jenna, own private beer and wine labels, including Black Thistle Wines and Boss Brewing Craft Beers. Scot also works in his parents’ businesses. Neville and Heather are pleased to have all of their sons in the industry. “It’s a very exciting business to be in, it’s constantly changing and challenging,” Heather said. Neville has been in the business for 51 years, while Heather had marked just under 30. But they say they could not continue to do it without their customers and loyal, hardworking and skilled staff. “The attention to detail that’s required to get everything right, every day, is probably the biggest challenge.” Heather said they had a great team of people around them. “Over the years you built loyalty, you build skill and you build a culture. You couldn’t do it without the expertise, the loyalty and the hard work of a lot of people. They are why this business is so stimulating and rewarding.” Although the family has been in the industry for more than a century – they are moving with the times. Heather said they spent a lot of time overseas looking at what they could do differently with FreshChoice City Market, and what was required in the new era with the rebuild. “That’s why we wanted to do something slightly different than the traditional format. FreshChoice City Market would expand on the fresh, artisan, locally-produced and grown products highlighting and showcasing some of Canterbury’s finest food specialists,” she said. “The supermarket will also be providing a full range of everyday groceries.” It would also have a convenient espresso bar at the entrance to the store for people wanting a quick caffeine shot on the run, she said. “We will be providing a onestop full service range of the best products at the best prices for busy people working in the city, for shoppers, and tourists. “FreshChoice City Market will be part of your day, every day.” HOT WINTER HEAT PUMP SPECIALS + FREE installation * $2,799 $2,999 $1,999 $2,499 Free Installation* Compact Floor Console 5.2kW Heat Pump AGTV14LAC Free Installation* High Capacity Floor Console 8.0kW Heat Pump ABTG24LVTC Free Installation* Compact Premier Plus Hi-Wall 5.4kW Heat Pump ASTG14LUCB Free Installation* Compact Hi-Wall 6.0kW Heat Pump ASTG18LVCC Gorgeous pieces Pop in-store Great service, style & variety Late Night every Thursday – Open until 6.30pm 55 Nottingham Avenue, Halswell. 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