The patience of the local Wainuiomata community has paid off, with the opening of a brand new Countdown store last week.
The 3,600m2 supermarket provides an extensive fresh offering, and a new in-store pharmacy, bakery, deli, and cellar, all with a focus on providing the growing community convenient options, including more than 1,500 new products.
The store also has Countdown’s latest design and sustainability features such as LED lighting and transcritical refrigeration to reduce energy consumption and carbon emissions.
Matt Grainger, Countdown’s General Manager Property, says this is a really significant milestone for the redevelopment of the Wainuiomata shopping centre.
“The new Countdown has been quite a few years in the making so we’re really excited to now be able to share it with the community,” says Grainger.
“Wainuiomata is a community that continues to change and grow and it’s a privilege to be a part of such a big-hearted town. Our business has a long history here and has been serving the local community since 1970. Today marks an exciting start of the next chapter.”
The demolition of the old store will commence in the next few weeks and a larger car park will be built.
The store was opened this morning by MP for Hutt South, Ginny Andersen, and Mayor Campbell Barry, with mana whenua and food rescue partners, The Salvation Army and Kaibosh, also in attendance.
Countdown has donated $5,000 to both Wainuiomata Marae and Kokiri Marae, to mark the opening of the store and in recognition of the important role they play by providing health and social services to the community.
Countdown Wainuiomata will be open 6am-10pm, seven days a week. The pharmacy will also operate seven days a week from 9am-8pm.