Our first ever lotto winner
1990 saw McDonalds Supermarket double the size of the current store. Bill Beaton purchased back the Caltex Service Station that Jack McDonald sold in the 1940’s to enable the expansion to begin.
1991 was the introduction of Sunday Trading. We were told in New Zealand that the whole world was open on a Sunday, so until we went and did some travelling of our own we found that that certainly wasn’t true! However the horse had well and truely bolted and Sunday trading was here to stay.Sunday is now often our 2nd busiest day.
1994 We introduced Lotto. Lotto had been around for a few years, and this was a welcome addition to our business.
1995 The opportunity to purchase our opposition in Taradale presented itself. At that time our competitors were trading as Taradale New World, and before that as The Hawkes Bay Consumers Co-op. McDonalds Supermarket, while a member of Foodstuffs Wellington, had always elected to trade independantly as McDonald’s Supermarket. The opportunity to change and become a “proper” member of the group was now in front of us.
1996 McDonald’s Supermarket changes to McDonald’s New World.
Other changes in this decade was the full introduction of liquor into supermarkets. This was not new to us since we had our own wine shop attached to the supermarket since 1970.