Countdown has received consent to build a new supermarket in Vogeltown with local developer Brooklands Development Ltd, which will create up to 80 new jobs for the city and engage dozens of local construction workers and building contractors.
Countdown’s General Manager for Property, Adrian Walker, says the company is committed to building a store that will complement the Vogeltown community and provide a vibrant retail environment for the site, which is currently vacant.
“We’ve been a part of New Plymouth for a long time and are looking forward to putting a local team together for the new store, and adding to our wider team of 400 in the city.
“The new store will provide a modern new offer to the growing community, including competitive prices which we’re always working to deliver for our customers,” says Walker.
Adrian says the company has been looking for a replacement site since it closed its New Plymouth central store early last year. The new store will be 2400 square metres and will also include an additional 400 sqm of adjoining retail outlets.
“Suitable sites for supermarkets are hard to come by, and we’re pleased that the new store will provide further long term employment and career development opportunities in a growing retail industry.”
The company is now working through a detailed timeframe with Brooklands Development Ltd, and it is expected that the new store would open in mid 2015.