Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 


Countdown Ferrymead reopens

Countdown Ferrymead reopens

Team of 150 ready to serve locals


10 April 2014: Countdown Ferrymead will reopen its doors today after it sustained extensive damage in the 2011 earthquake, and had to be subsequently closed and demolished.

The store, which will be officially opened by Deputy Mayor Vicki Buck, is providing 150 jobs for the community including 112 new faces to the Countdown team.

Store Manager Aaron Murray says it’s an extremely special milestone for the business and the local community.

“It’s fantastic to see Ferrymead standing again. We’re so excited to have a number of the original Ferrymead team returning, many of whom had worked here for more than a decade when the earthquake happened. Our Duty Manager on February 22nd, Pam Annand, will also be returning and was instrumental in ensuring all of our customers were able to get out safely immediately after the earthquake happened.

“We’ve been part of this community for a long time, and can’t wait to welcome back our locals. We know our customers have been eagerly watching with interest, so we really want to thank them for their patience while we’ve been rebuilding the store,” says Aaron.

He says the new state-of-the-art-store includes Countdown’s first in-store pharmacy in the South Island, as well as an expanded layout complete with new clothing and kitchenware merchandise.

Countdown’s Managing Director, Dave Chambers, says the opening of Countdown Ferrymead is the final piece of the puzzle in completing a significant number of repairs needed to its Christchurch supermarkets and Hornby Distribution Centre over the past three years.

“We are 100% committed to Christchurch as a local employer and investor, and I stand by the commitment we made immediately after the earthquake to providing ongoing employment to our team of 2500 in Christchurch. I’m extremely proud of how resilient our team have been and I want to thank them for all their hard work and support,” says Dave.

In the last six years Countdown’s parent company Progressive Enterprises has invested more than $95 million in Christchurch on building, repairing and upgrading its stores. Countdown Ferrymead is the last of three buildings to be rebuilt in Christchurch – SuperValue Edgeware which was reopened in 2012, as well as the SuperValue and FreshChoice support office in Byron Street which was reopened last year. Countdown will also be bringing the first supermarket to the North Canterbury town of Amberley when it opens a store there next month.

New features of the store

At 4,200 square metres, the new store returns with a larger, more modern shopping experience, providing a wider range of products and services,

Behind the scenes, the store will also feature a range of environmental initiatives including a CO2 refrigeration plant system that will give significant energy efficiency benefits. Night blinds on refrigerated cabinets, sliding covers on freezers and energy efficient lighting among other things will also help minimise the store’s carbon footprint.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Joint Statement: Establishment Of NZ-China Strategic Partnership

At the invitation of Governor-General Lt Gen The Rt Hon Sir Jerry Mateparae and Prime Minister The Rt Hon John Key of New Zealand, President Xi Jinping of the People’s Republic of China made a state visit to New Zealand from 19 to 21 November 2014.

During his visit, President Xi Jinping met with Governor-General Jerry Mateparae, and held talks with Prime Minister John Key. The leaders had an in-depth exchange of views on bilateral relations as well as regional and international issues of common interest. More>>

 
 

Parliament Today:

Savings Targets: Health Procurement Plan Changes Direction

Next steps in implementing DHB shared services programme Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says the Government has agreed to explore a proposal put forward by DHBs to move implementation of the shared services programme to a DHB-owned vehicle. More>>

ALSO:

More on Health Policy:

Auckland Unification: 'No IT Cost Blowout' (Just More Expensive)

Following discussion of an update on Auckland Council’s Information Services Transformational Programme at today’s Finance and Performance Committee, council has released the report publicly. More>>

ALSO:

Other Expensive Things:

Gordon Campbell: On The SAS Role Against Islamic State, And Podemos

Only 25% of the US bombing runs are even managing to locate IS targets worth bombing. As the NYT explains at length, this underlines the need for better on-the-ground intelligence to direct the air campaign to where the bad guys have holed up... More>>

ALSO:

Public Service: Commission Calls For Answers On Handling Of CERA Harassment

EEO Commissioner Dr Jackie Blue is deeply concerned about the way in which the State Services Commission has handled sexual allegations made against CERA chief executive Roger Sutton this week and is calling for answers. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell:
On Andrew Little’s Victory

So Andrew Little has won the leadership – by the narrowest possible margin – from Grant Robertson, and has already been depicted by commentators as being simultaneously (a) the creature of the trade unions and (b) the most centrist of the four candidates, which would be an interesting trick to see someone try in a game of Twister. More>>

ALSO:

China President Wishlists: Greens Welcome Xi, But Human Rights Need To Be On Agenda

“President Xi has made some progress on climate change, but he must also lift the Chinese government’s game on human rights issues,” Green Party Co-leader Dr Russel Norman said... It is important that our Government continues to urge the Chinese government to show restraint and respect human rights in both Tibet and the Xinjiang province.” More>>

ALSO:

Airport Security Breach: CAA Fines Minister

Minister Brownlee has been issued an infringement notice and is required to pay a $2000 infringement fine for breaching Civil Aviation Rule 19.357(b), which states no person may be in an airport security area without an appropriate identity card or document. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news