Paul and Nicky Viggers, of Gibbston, fill their shelves
with Wakatipu and New Zealand artisan products to open
their dream business, the Shotover Street Grocery Store and
Deli, from yesterday. Photo by James Beech.
A farmers' market-style shop offering home-made artisan
food and beverages, from gate to plate, is a dream business
come true for Paul and Nicky Viggers after more than 10 years.
The Gibbston couple have transformed in record time - and
with their own hands - a convenience outlet into the Shotover
Street Grocery Store and Deli.
The food baskets of Central Otago and New Zealand are
condensed into a one-stop shop for everything from breads,
pastries, dairy products, meats and pantry items to teas,
coffees, hot chocolate and sparkling and still beverages.
More products are planned.
''We took over in mid-November and ran it as a convenience
store for three months, but it wasn't really us by any
stretch of the imagination,'' Mr Viggers said.
Mrs Viggers said: ''To us, the location, the market and the
locals are important and bringing in our own ideas has been
The couple said more New Zealanders wanted to eat well and
were interested in where their food came from.
The couple contacted suppliers and formed several business
relations which have become friendships.
The irony of Australians showcasing the best provisions New
Zealand has to offer has not escaped them, after some of
Australia's protectionist supermarket giants reportedly took
New Zealand products off the shelves last month.
''The quality of the end product is a gesture of respect to
the growers and it's about respect for the customer too,'' Mr
The Viggers said they would continue their property
maintenance business and veterinarian practice and find the
time, while juggling two children and pets, to operate the
Shotover Street Grocery Store and Deli.