Following nearly a year of construction, Gisborne finally welcomed its brand new Countdown store last week.
The store was officially opened by Mayor Rehette Stoltz and Countdown’s longest serving Gisborne team member, Dianne Harkess.
The 3,876m2 supermarket is 35 percent bigger than the previous store, and has an extensive fresh offering along with an in-store pharmacy, bakery, deli and cellar. The new store showcases Countdown’s latest design and sustainability features including LED lighting and transcritical refrigeration to reduce energy consumption and carbon emissions.
The store also has a dedicated online pickup area to make things even more accessible for customers and has expanded delivery into Mahia, Wairoa, Te Karaka, and Tolaga Bay.
Matt Grainger, Countdown’s General Manager Property, says the previous store was in need of a massive revamp.
“This new store is not only bigger than the previous store, but it also gives our Gisborne shoppers more choice, has a really strong focus on energy efficiency and reducing our emissions, and a much better fresh offer which is so important when you’re surrounded by the kind of fresh produce we have here in Gisborne,” he says.
“We’d like to thank the council for their support of our new store, and also thank our customers for their kindness and patience through what has been a fairly complicated and disruptive construction process.”
At the opening today, Countdown donated $5000 to Gizzy Kai Rescue to mark the opening of the store, as well as a $500 trolley of groceries each to both Gizzy Kai Rescue and The Salvation Army to support their work helping some of Gisborne’s most vulnerable people and families.
Mayor Stoltz says the new supermarket is a fantastic addition to Gisborne.
“We’ve appreciated working collaboratively with Countdown throughout the construction process and it’s so great to now have the community welcomed into the space and able to enjoy shopping in the new store.”
Ngai Tāwhiri artist Henare Brooking was at the store opening to unveil his artwork which features in the store entrance. His work is an artistic expression of Manaakitanga and Te Mānga Kaiota, an ancestor of Ngai Tāwhiri who was known for his ability to produce an abundance of foods for the Hapu.
Countdown Gisborne will be open 7am-10pm, seven days a week. The pharmacy will also operate seven days a week from 9am-8pm.