I'm off to the dairy, anyone want anything?

In New Zealand the corner shop, the village supermarket, the newspaper shop, the 'smaller than a supermarket' shop is known as the dairy.

Why?
Sign for a dairy in Petone (NZ)

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  1. "It was in the early 1900s that small shops known as ‘dairy produce sellers’ started popping up. These were the only stores in New Zealand allowed to sell milk, cream, cheese, butter and eggs, as well as being the only places allowed to operate on a Sunday."

    https://theculturetrip.com/pacific/new-zealand/articles/a-brief-history-of-new-zealands-dairy-shops/

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