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New Countdown to open in Manurewa

CD-Manurewa-22Countdown will unveil its latest store at Manurewa on Wednesday, featuring a focus on fresh food and green technology.

The 2,950sqm Countdown store is located at 227 Browns Rd, Manurewa, and will be officially opened on Wednesday 7 November at 8:00am by Louisa Wall, MP for Manurewa. The store will then be opened to the public at 9:00am.

Countdown Manurewa Store Manager Paul Vincent said the supermarket would be a welcome addition to the local community. “The feedback we’ve had from locals has been wonderful,” Mr Vincent said. “I think the Manurewa community is looking forward to having some healthy competition in the area, and we’re committed to bringing our customers Countdown’s fantastic range of fresh food and great value.”

Countdown Manurewa will include a large in-store bakery baking fresh goods daily from scratch, as well as a butchery and seafood department, expansive produce section, and a service deli.
The store will also feature a walk-in beer chiller, a Lotto outlet situated in the foyer and 255 carparks. It will have 16 checkouts in total, including four express checkouts and six self-serve checkouts so customers can scan and pay for their shopping themselves.

The store 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.

Over 2,000 applicants applied for approximately 100 full-time and part-time positions at the store. Mr Vincent said the Manurewa Community Board and local iwi had commended Countdown for employing locals. “We’re pleased to have made 66 new hires from the local community, and many of our senior team members who have transferred over to the new store are also from Manurewa,” he said.

Countdown Manurewa will also offer an extension to Countdown’s successful online shopping service at other South Auckland stores, with a new Click and Collect service. Launching at the store on 12 November, Click and Collect allows shoppers to order online and collect the items themselves from a dedicated collection counter in store.

Mr Vincent said despite some tight time frames, the store was ready for opening day. “We originally anticipated opening in early December, but we’ve worked really hard to bring opening day forward for the Manurewa community, and the store is looking great,” he said.

Countdown online, including Click and Collect, is at www.countdown.co.nz. The store will be open Monday through to Sunday from 7:00am to 10:00pm.