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Redevelopment planned for Moore Wilson’s

Moore Wilson’s Masterton. PHOTO/ELI HILL

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Moore Wilson’s last week briefed staff on a proposal to redevelop its entire Masterton site on Dixon St, demolishing some buildings and building a new standalone hospitality and gourmet food store.

The family-owned cash and carry business will also invest in a new wine, beer, spirits store, and new fridges and freezers for the foodservice warehouse.

A decision on moving forward with the proposal will be made in the coming weeks, director Julie Moore, who is a member of the third generation of the family, said.

The redevelopment was a proposal at this stage, and they would talk more about it, she said.

If the proposal goes ahead, and got all the necessary permissions, some demolition and changes to existing departments would take place in the coming months.

The business would continue to trade out of the existing food service cash and carry, and wine, beer, spirits departments throughout the redevelopment, expected to take a year to 18 months.

Entrances, car parking, and interiors are included in the plans.

“We are very much committed to Wairarapa and we have been for a long time,” Moore said.

The company started in Masterton on the site of Cameron’s Service Station in 1944, according to its website, and at one time owned a travel business in the town.

A fresh category was introduced at Moore Wilson’s Masterton in 2002.

The company celebrated 100 years in business in 2018 and two year earlier the Moore Wilson’s were inducted into the Wellington Region Business Hall of Fame.


  1. Shopped at Porirua store today and lost the feeling in most of my fingers due to the cold inside the store…..it was warmer outside which was 8C. Is this legal? Feel very sorry for the staff having to be in those poor working conditions all day. Drastic update required….not 1918 any more!

  2. Good for the town if they do a make-over/rebuild. Its one retail outlet that I avoid wherever possible. It wins the award for the coldest must uninviting hole in town!

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