The new 2,432 square metre store opened today in an official ceremony. It features a full production bakery, in-store butchery, self check-outs, and combined seafood and deli, and will create 75 new jobs. The store manager is Penny Hardaker.
Countdown says at least 22 employees have been moved to the airport branch from other stores to make up a total team of 97 employees. The company now employs a total of 2,134 people in the Canterbury region. Christchurch deputy mayor Vicki Buck praised the company for its commitment to the community when she opened the new branch.
Christchurch Airport chief commercial officer of property Blair Forgie says he sees the new supermarket as being frequented by airport staff.
“We have 6,000 people working on the airport campus each day, many of whom are looking forward to a new supermarket on their doorstep. The Countdown supermarket is a great anchor for the Spitfire Square development, with other stores within the precinct due to open over the next few months.”
Spitfire Square is a new retail development owned by Christchurch International Airport. It has 5,700 square metres of retail space and has leasing opportunities for 16-18 retail stores.