Gisborne family supermarket celebrates 40 years

Photo: Kristian Scott

The family behind a supermarket that has been central to life in Gisborne for 40 years will mark the store’s anniversary early next month.

A 1970s-style kitchen has been set up in the foyer of Williamsons FoodWorks ahead of celebrations, which will include a “great bake-off” on July 9.

The business was started by John Williamson in 1976 as a Tuckerbag supermarket. Still family run, it has expanded to include FoodWorks stores in Sunbury and Riddells Creek.

David Williamson (pictured), who took over from his father about 10 years ago, says his family is proud of its involvement in the community, which includes long-standing support of sports clubs and the Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal. Shoppers are being invited to a celebration in the Hamilton Street supermarket’s carpark from 10am-2pm on July 9.

Included will be a jumping castle and mobile farm.