Countdown stores open as usual in earthquake areas
Countdown stores open as usual in earthquake areas – only online delivery to Wellington CBD affected today
22 July 2013: All Countdown stores around New Zealand are open and operating as usual, with online shopping deliveries to the Wellington CBD the only customers affected by the earthquakes today.
All Countdown stores have been checked for damage, which fortunately has been limited to stock falling from shelves. Countdown customers in earthquake-affected areas such as Blenheim and Wellington can shop as usual. The safety of our customers and team is of paramount importance to us and as an additional precaution, further structural checks are currently being undertaken in all stores from Blenheim through to Wanganui.
Online orders which would normally be delivered to the Wellington CBD today will be delayed until tomorrow, in line with the advice from Wellington Regional Civil Defence to avoid the CBD area. Countdown’s online team has been making contact with customers in the Wellington CBD to arrange delivery and are taking orders for tomorrow onward.
The SuperValue store in Seddon was closed this morning while safety checks were completed but has now reopened. While we understand some shops within the Coastlands Mall may be closed, Countdown Paraparaumu is open and serving customers.
All deliveries are currently operating as usual, with earthquake-affected stores ordering additional stock of items such as fresh and UHT milk, bread, water, hand-sanitiser, candles and batteries this morning.
Additional stock has also been planned for delivery tomorrow so while there may be the occasional shortage due to demand today, deliveries will be continuing so customers won’t miss out on supplies.