Over 50 Years Of Family Ownership On Great King Street

Mei Wah Takeaways, previously called Great King Street shop, is one of the longest standing dairy/takeaway shops in North Dunedin and has long been a favourite amongst locals and Otago university students.


Today, it is located right in the heart of the hustle and bustle of “student-ville”, but over 50 years ago, when the building was first purchased by Susan and her husband, it was the only food store in the North End.


Owner Susan and her husband bought the premises shortly after moving to Dunedin from Hong Kong in the 70’s. They made the decision to move so her husband could work in the Dunedin hospital after completing further medical study in New Zealand, having already become a doctor in China.



The building contains the shop on the bottom and a flat positioned upstairs. Originally Susan and her husband ran the shop as a “lunch bar” before it was converted to a fish and chip shop and they resided in the above flat. Next door in the residential home at 666 Great King Street, which is also up for sale, was where Susan’s parents were living with their four boys.


“Back in the 70’s we were the only shop on the street offering food for purchase, and we were also the last shop when travelling North in Dunedin. There was no such thing as supermarkets.”


“In the mornings there was considerable amounts of traffic, workers would stop off at our shop for their morning tea or lunch. We had many regulars, but we also had a lot of people traveling from far away, some would come all the way from Palmerston which is a 40 minute drive to North Dunedin.”


“We did a lot of work to comply with the Dunedin City Council, there’s a lot of regulations for food safety. We put in everything brand new from the equipment to the paint on the walls.



When the current tenants of the fish and chip shop took possession, they renamed the Great King Street shop to Mei Wah takeaways, which is what it is known as today.


Harcourts Dunedin sales consultant Martin Whangapirita says there are options galore as to what a buyer could do with this corner in the north end of Dunedin.


Up for sale is 660 Great King Street, Mei Wah Takeaways, and the adjoining residential home of 666 Great King Street comprising of 4 bedrooms. These two prime investment properties on the busy SH1 are being sold via auction on 31 July.


“There’s a great opportunity for a developer who wants to get their hand on a small chunk of the city and a great strategic purchase. There’s the option to leave it running as is with the current Mei Wah fish and chip shop, or simply land bank and come up with a plan from there.”


Martin encourages any interested parties to get in touch today and register for the auction being held in the Harcourts Dunedin office on 31 July. View the live listing here.