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Christchurch Earthquake

A special thank you to our team and the local community for the huge effort to re-open our stores after the Canterbury earthquakes. You can still support Canterbury by making a donation to the Earthquake Appeal at any Countdown store.



As at 1.30pm, 08 September 2010

All Countdown supermarkets are now open in Christchurch.

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As at 12.30pm, 08 September 2010

All Countdown supermarkets open in Christchurch except The Palms.

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As at 10.00am, 08 September 2010

Three Countdown supermarkets in the Christchurch region are closed following the aftershock which struck the region earlier this morning.

The closed stores are:

  • Colombo Street
  • Ferrymead
  • The Palms (the entire shopping centre is closed).

We will provide updates as the supermarkets open.

The other nine Countdown supermarkets in the region suffered minor stock damage and are open and operational.

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As at 6 September 2010

Progressive Enterprises' thoughts are with the people living in the Canterbury region as they try to recover from the traumatic events they experienced over the weekend.

All Countdown, SuperValue and FreshChoice supermarkets in the Canterbury region were disrupted by the earthquake.

At the time of issuing this information, all stores are operational and although stock damage occurred, clean ups took place as quickly as possible. Prior to opening all stores were checked by a structural engineer and confirmed safe.

Thanks to the phenomenal efforts of our team and local residents assistance to get our stores operational and open.

No staff were injured as a result of the earthquake.

Progressive is donating $100,000 to the Christchurch earthquake fund to assist with the rebuilding of the city and supporting people as the attempt to re-establish their lives.

Customers are able to contribute donations to the earthquake fund at any Countdown, Woolworths, Foodtown, SuperValue or FreshChoice store throughout New Zealand.

The distribution centres in Christchurch were also significantly damaged however, grocery supplies are being shipped from Auckland or direct from local suppliers to ensure essential items are available.

We also ask customers to bear with us while we work to ensure all products are available.

Regular information updates will be issued.