As you’d expect being the owner of a recipes website, we love fresh food. But to be honest, it’s been slim pickings supermarket-wise near our Fresh HQ office and test kitchen on the Hibiscus Coast, just north of Auckland.

Well that has all changed. Silverdale, the little suburb known more for its outlet shops, Bendon factory and Saturday village market, has blossomed. Some might argue not in a good way, but we are pretty happy (as you can see from our smiles in the photo). You can’t stop progress.

The new Pak ‘n Save supermarket in Silverdale opened this morning with the cutting of the ribbon by immediate past Mayor Penny Webster. $31 million dollars it cost and just what the area needs, right by the Silverdale motorway interchange. The perfect supermarket spot to drop in for fresh fruit, veges, groceries and wine on the way home.

Growth in the Silverdale area has been massive in recent months with the flash, new Millwater housing development, the new Northern Arena gym and indoor swimming pool plus an upgraded Wade Hotel. Currently under construction is a new Bunnings Warehouse, Countdown supermarket, The Warehouse and private hospital. No doubt the fast food outlets will not be far behind.

We moved to the Hibiscus Coast in 2004, deciding to leave the hustle and bustle of the city to settle somewhere closer to the beach, where our sons could ride their bikes on the street, like we used to do when we were kids. Red Beach is just stunning, Fresh HQ is flourishing and now with the new Silverdale springing up just five minutes away, we are happy Aucklanders.

Although, as you can see from my photo taken this morning inside the new Pak ‘n Save Silverdale, no Marmite on the shelves on opening day…



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