Image: Judd’s Four Square Store, 1935, photo in Avondale-Waterview Historical Society collection, via Ron Oates and Sylvia Thomas.
The Judd family bought a grocery business opposite the New Windsor Road and Bollard Ave junction in 1933. The late Sylvia Thomas née Judd recalled, in an article published in 2010 in the Avondale Historical Journal:
“If you stood on the front step of the shop, you looked down Bollard Avenue, across the houses of Mt Albert to the Waitemata Harbour and the Chelsea Sugar Works. If the weather was doubtful, you looked down New Windsor Road to the Waitakere Ranges in the distance and judged whether it was going to rain or not. Looking up the road, you couldn’t see past the bend in the road; the tar seal ended at Batkin Road and the metal and scoria began and continued all the way to Blockhouse Bay or Mt Roskill.
“It was one of those small shops with living quarters, two bedrooms, sitting room, kitchen and kitchenette. There was a garden at the back, the same size as the neighbour’s, and a corrugated iron fowl house across the top of the section.
“House and shop were leased at first, but after a few years became our own. We were there for ten years, eventually moving in turn to two other houses across the road where the family lived until the 1980s.”
Judd’s Store is still there as the local dairy, after remaining as a Four Square for a time, although today it has changed from the simple shop Sylvia’s family used to own.