Hawke's Bay Police have arrested four people after a daylight robbery took place at a local Greenmeadows supermarket.

Detective Sergeant Darren Pritchard said a man walked into a Four Square supermarket in Napier at about 1:30pm on Sunday, February 26.

"The offender was disguised and holding a hammer as he entered the store and intimidated staff," he says.

"The staff in the shop complied with the offender's demands before fled the store with cash and cigarettes.

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"Excellent information provided by the public helped Police locate a vehicle in Riverbend Road.

"After police stopped the vehicle, stolen items from the supermarket were recovered."

A 42-year-old local man and three local youths were arrested at the scene.

One youth will appear in Napier Youth Court on Monday and the other two have been referred to Youth Aid.

The 42-year-old man will appear in Napier District Court on Monday, February 27.

"We are really grateful for the information we received which led to these arrests.

"We can't do it alone and any assistance from the public helps us keep everyone in our community safer."