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Countdown welcomes back new store in Crofton Downs

Countdown welcomes back new store in Crofton Downs 

12 December 2013: Countdown will today be serving the community of Crofton Downs once again with the opening of its 168th supermarket, Countdown Churchill Drive, opened today by local MP Peter Dunne. 

The 3120sqm supermarket closed for an expansion and refurbishment in January this year, to allow for a larger and more modern supermarket and retail area.

Countdown Churchill Drive Store Manager, John Lamb, says the new store team includes many familiar faces from the original store, as well as creating 60 new jobs.

“We’re really excited to welcome back our locals just in time for Christmas. Customers have been extremely patient during the refurbishment and we thank them for bearing with us while we worked this year to bring a fantastic, new shopping experience to the community,” says John. 
The store also includes four retail outlets at the front which will be occupied by the previous pharmacy, a cafe, hairdresser and a further outlet to be filled.

The store’s full-service departments range from a large bakery, baking fresh goods daily; an expansive produce section, service deli, seafood department, walk in beer chiller, Lotto outlet and Westpac ATM. The store also features 13 checkouts including four self-serve checkouts so customers can scan and pay for their shopping themselves. The car park will have 162 spaces once complete in the New Year.

Countdown Managing Director Dave Chambers says the $24.7 million investment represents the company’s continued commitment to the wider Wellington region, and follows recent new store openings in Petone, Tawa and Newtown.

“It’s no secret we’ve been working to increase our presence in Wellington, and we’ve invested $101 million in the last year opening new stores and refurbishing our existing stores, with more investment planned. The customer response to our new stores has been fantastic, and we’ve also been able to employ 380 new people as part of our Countdown team,” he says.

The new store incorporates many of the design elements of Countdown’s new generation stores, and has been carefully designed and constructed to reduce its impact on the environment. It features energy efficient CO2 refrigeration plant systems, night blinds on refrigerated cabinets, sliding covers on freezers, heat reclaim off the refrigeration coils and energy efficient lighting to help minimise the store’s carbon footprint.

Online shopping and Countdown’s popular ‘Click & Collect’ service will also be available from Monday 16 December.

The store’s hours are Monday – Sunday, 7am to 10pm.
Holiday hours are as follows:
25 Dec: closed
26 Dec: 8am - 8pm
27 Dec - 31 Dec: 7am - 10pm
1 Jan: 8am - 8pm
2 Jan - 4 Jan: 7am - 10pm

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