Countdown plans to redevelop shopping centre

12 December, 2018 by
FMCG Business

Countdown has lodged a resource consent application with Hutt City Council to redevelop the Wainuiomata Shopping Centre, which includes a proposal to build a brand new Countdown supermarket at the heart of the town centre.

The new, larger Countdown store will have a number of features to enhance our overall drive to be more sustainable, and Countdown’s General Manager Property, Adrian Walker, says lodging the consent marks a pivotal moment for the redevelopment.

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“There has been a great deal of anticipation about the future of the Wainuiomata Shopping Centre and we are delighted to now be able to share our vision for the long-term future for Countdown and the rest of the town centre with the wider community.

“Together with the construction of the retirement village and a new cycleway imminent, we believe this redevelopment will also make a good contribution to the rejuvenation of Wainuiomata,” says Adrian Walker.

The new Countdown supermarket will be 3600m2 and designed with a focus on energy efficiency, including electric vehicle charging stations and a larger car park. The new store will also feature an in-store pharmacy, as well as wider aisles, an expansive fresh produce department, an in-store bakery, dedicated health food and online shopping. The current Countdown will continue trading throughout the redevelopment process.

The proposed redevelopment of the shopping centre will also include a range of tenants.  Other key parts of the consent application include the creation of a centralised connection through the site connecting Queen Street and The Strand.

While timings for the redevelopment are subject to the resource consent process, we anticipate that construction could commence at the end of 2019. The new supermarket will take about a year to complete.

The Countdown team will be at Wainuiomata Mall on Saturday 15 December from 10am-2pm with displays of the current plans and to talk about the development.