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One Stop GF Shop is Reborn!
Pheeew, what a year it has been for us! After looking to change things up in 2019 and after a bunch of searching around, we made the decision to purchase the long established One Stop Gluten Free Shop from Lauren and Steve Cooke. We took over in September 2019 and we can now reflect on a year of massive changes in the business, in our lives and in the world.
Coming from a health background, the effect that diet has on the wider health and wellbeing of people has always fascinated me. After hearing that the iconic red gluten free shop in Tauranga was for sale, this seemed like a good fit for taking this cause wider.
Those that knew the store well, will know it has undergone a significant transformation in the last year. New brand, new paint, new layout, new store fittings, a raft of new brands and of course new faces. So much hard work has gone into the transformation and we are so proud of the outcome and are thrilled when people tell us about how fresh and exciting the store is looking.
Of course, the store was only one part of the mission. We want to take our mission truly national, and this was going to require some significant time and money to make sure a new website was going to tick all of the boxes.
Our new website went live in October 2020 after loading 2000 gluten free products, including all of their ingredients, images and our unique ‘free from’ tag system that we use in store as well. Making safe shopping easy and accessible was key to the mission we are on.
To really make sure this was a national business, we have slashed our old shipping prices and dropped any additional charges to rural delivery as we believe rural people to be the most challenged when it comes to getting the right food to meet your dietary needs.
There has been a lot of blood, sweat, tears and tantrums along the way (oh, and a new baby too boot!). We didn’t let COVID get in our way either, charging straight through and shipping orders like crazy to make sure everyone in lock down still had their key staples at hand.
Thank you to all of our crazy helpers, our awesome staff and of course our amazing customers, old and new, who are helping this mission turn from a dream into a reality.