Rule Britannia . . . Union Jacks Groceries owner Andrew
Lavelle says Mosgiel is a great place to open a new
business, with lower rent and a great main street. Photo by
The British are coming - well, their food is anyway.
Mosgiel will be home to the only dedicated British food store
in Dunedin when Union Jacks Groceries opens its doors and the
bunting comes out on February 1.
The store will sell food British migrants would be familiar
with, including sweets, mushy peas and British tea.
Owner Andrew Lavelle investigated the option of opening the
store in Dunedin but settled on the Gordon Rd location after
coming to the conclusion it was the best place.
‘‘We looked at some places in town, but where we were looking
there were a lot of empty shops around and the rent was a bit
‘‘Out here we have a wonderful high street which gets plenty
of foot traffic and the parking is easy so we settled on
here,'' Mr Lavelle said.
He hopes the shop will attract people from Dunedin and the
After moving to Mosgiel with his wife and children from
Yorkshire six years ago, Mr Lavelle said he was looking for a
change when an opportunity to open the store came out of the
‘‘I was up in Christchurch in the Piccadilly Circus store and
was talking to the owner Rob [Savage] and he was saying they
were looking for someone to open a store down here and now
here we are.''
There were plenty of British migrants in the area for the
shop to succeed, as well as New Zealanders who had lived in
England, he said.
Union Jacks Groceries will not be the only international
store in Gordon Rd - Deep Creek Deli founder Simon Tiefenbach
opened his third European›style butcher's shop in the main
street in December.
Mosgiel Business Association chairman Blair Arthur said he
was unaware of the new store but it was ‘‘fantastic'' to have
another business opening in Mosgiel.
Mr Arthur said new businesses had slowly been opening in the
Mosgiel and Taieri area as the population increased and there
were very few empty stores in Gordon Rd now.
The only thing that would put some businesses off from moving
to the town was the small size of the stores, he said.
Mr Arthur hoped Union Jacks Groceries would get people coming
to Mosgiel from ‘‘over the hill''.
‘‘It's one of those attraction stores so people should travel
to get there, and that's great for Mosgiel.''