When John and Judith Cresswell bought the Waikaia Store in December and moved from Invercargill to retire, they were looking forward to a quieter pace of life.
Instead they found a bustling store in a quaint town with everything but a spot to sit down and have a cuppa.
So they're extending.
''A lot of people come up for a drive on the weekend, and we felt there was a need for something a little bit extra, somewhere more for people to sit down,'' Mrs Cresswell said.
''There's no cafes, there's a restaurant and a pub, but no cafe.''
Mr Cresswell agreed, saying an extension was a logical progression.
''When we first moved up I said, 'no food. We're not making food'. Now look at how that's going?,'' he joked.
Work on the 9 by 4 meter extension began three weeks ago, and they hoped to have the extension completed by Labour Weekend.
Mrs Cresswell said it was going to be a nice extension on what they already have.
''The museum is the focal point of the area (and this will) provide that little bit extra.''
Locals seemed to be getting behind the idea, and it was partly funded by the Progress League, who own the building, she said.
''They can see it's potential, they're all quite excited.''
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