The PAK'nSAVE group began with the opening of the first store in Kaitaia in 1985.

Foodstuffs are the co-operative New World, PAK'nSAVE, Write Price and Four Square stores belong. Foodstuffs was founded in 1922 by members of the Auckland Master Grocers Association, who formed a co-operative buying group. Originally all the stores used the name Four Square, with New World established in 1963 and PAK'nSAVE in 1986.

Together the Foodstuffs companies have become New Zealand's fourth largest business.

Two co-operative companies now exist, Foodstuffs North Island and Foodstuffs South Island Ltd, and each operates independently from the other, but communicate and co-operate nationally on some issues. They are New Zealand's largest food retailers

Each store within the group is proudly individually owned and operated.