Just like when you prepare your favourite dish, the right ingredients make all the difference. Amazing local support and the freshest produce are the perfect recipe for Sam at Just Ripe Northland who says, “I love the fact that my job allows me to connect with so many people daily.”
Sam has been a greengrocer since 2007 and at Just Ripe Northland since it opened eight years ago. “I love being surrounded by the freshest produce available” says Sam.
He and the team are passionate about fresh fruit and vegetables, and delicious continental groceries. Fresh seasonal produce brings people into the store, and the beautiful displays of fruit and vegetables change all the time.
Sam values the connections he makes with his customers, and says his favourite thing is being able to have a chat with the locals.
His two favourite memories of his time at Northland are about the local community and their support for Just Ripe. Sam recalls the community rallying around when Just Ripe Northland relocated and expanded. His other favourite memory is the community support during recent covid-19 lockdowns.
After 26 years in the area Sam is well and truly a local, and he is a customer at many of the Northland stores. “I love the variety of stores, the convenience of location, ease of parking and plenty of friendly local” explains Sam.