Papakura Museum will host a centenary exhibition for Farmers next year as the town’s store turns 100.
Six Farmers stores opened back in 1919 and Papakura’s is the only one still operating today.
Museum staffer Ione Cussen has secured a grant from Papakura Local Board to add to a contribution from Farmers to host the exhibition.
"The store has played a big part in our community and has certainly shaped a significant cultural memory for many of us," she told board members.
The water feature that stands outside the store in the town centre today harks back to the original outside the very first store, installed for thirsty horses tied up outside while their riders secured vital provisions.
Board deputy chair Felicity Auva’a agreed the store had been part of Papakura for a long time. "We are not just talking about it as a shopping place though. It has given employment to many locals and that has put food on tables and nurtured many generations."
Member Michael Turner said he had worked closely with the store’s owners over many years and remembered countering rumours the shop would close. "Thankfully it never has because we would be lost without it."
The board will fund $3500 of the exhibition and advertising costs.