Countdown’s much anticipated new Waiheke store has been officially opened by Green MP and Waiheke local Denise Roche. The new 3,490sqm store will have a team of over 100, have more than 12,000 new product lines, and opens as a plastic shopping bag free supermarket. The opening featured a presentation of a $500 trolley of groceries for the local Waiheke foodbank, which the store works with on a regular basis through Countdown’s Food Rescue programme.
Green MP Denise Roche says there has been a lot of anticipation on the island about the new Countdown supermarket. “Waiheke locals have been waiting patiently for this new store and no doubt we’ll all really appreciate the upgraded shopping environment.
“The bigger store also means more jobs – and we’re pleased to see Countdown continuing to be plastic-bag-free at their new premises,” Roche says. Store Manager Dave Collo says he is excited to be a part of this new Countdown, and can’t wait to hear what his customers think of the bigger store and all of its additional features. “We think our customers will love our new store, which has all the features you would expect to see, plus a few added extras such as an expansive fresh product department, full production bakery, self-service checkouts, a Lotto counter, and sushi,” says Collo.
Countdown’s Managing Director, Dave Chambers, says the business is excited to be opening the new store in Waiheke, which is a huge improvement for Waiheke customers. “The new store is about 150 percent larger than the old store, has a massive new range of products at everyday low prices, along with some exciting new features like, sushi, Lotto, and a full service bakery,” Chambers says.