Celebrating successful first year

Last updated 05:00 23/03/2014

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The owners of Pak 'n Save Blenheim have put the success of their first year in business down to teamwork and loyal customers.

The supermarket in the Westwood retail centre in Blenheim celebrated it's first birthday on Wednesday.

Mark Elkington and Andrea Boock, the former owners of Blenheim's New World supermarket, said their first year under the new brand had been a busy one and they were pleased to finally hit the one-year mark.

"It's been a whirlwind year it's been really rewarding," Mr Elkington said. "I think it's nice to get the first year under our belt.

"It was a lot of fun and now we are embedded here."

It was rewarding to achieve the goals they set for their first year, he said.

"The two main goals we wanted to achieve was to bring low prices to Blenheim and to have a strong team culture."

The new team had a mix of new staff and staff who had followed them from New World.

"It is rewarding just seeing [the employees] from the start to where they are now and what they have achieved."

Ms Boock said their first year would not have been such a success without their loyal team.

"They have just gone through the whole year with a smile on their faces.

"The team have just been outstanding."

As the previous owners of New World they had built up a strong customer base, which they believe has carried over to their new brand, Ms Boock said.

"We've had a lot of familiar faces but also a lot of new faces and I think the nicest thing to see, a year down the track, is the strong customer base."

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- The Marlborough Express

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