News and media releases

The latest news and media releases.

Countdown has today announced plans for a new, updated store in Gisborne, which is expected to be open for locals to enjoy from mid-2021. 

The new, 3,876 sqm store, which will replace the existing Countdown Gisborne, will have an in-store pharmacy, a dedicated online Pick up area and will provide a vibrant and updated Countdown supermarket for the local community.

Countdown has announced a new dedicated eStore for Grenada North, Wellington, to help service the significant and growing demand it is seeing for online shopping delivery in the region.

Countdown has this week launched grocery shopping directly from its myCountdown app across the country, the first time Kiwis nationwide can shop seamlessly from a mobile app, anytime and anywhere they like.

Countdown, Z Energy, The Warehouse Group, and Foodstuffs have signed the ‘NZ Retailers Against Racism Pledge’ to signal their ongoing commitment to proactively addressing racism and other forms of abuse their teams might experience in their place of work. 

Countdown will soon have soft plastics recycling available in more of its North Island stores, and is encouraging customers to get back into the habit of bringing their own containers this Plastic Free July after a temporary hiatus over lockdown.

Countdown is now calling products like pads, tampons and menstrual cups exactly what they are across its online shopping platform, re-naming the ‘personal care and sanitary products’ and ‘incontinence products’ categories to ‘Period and Continence Care’.

Countdown and The Salvation Army are putting a call out for Kiwis to donate much-needed food ahead of what is expected to be the busiest winter food banks have ever seen.  The new Food for Good Winter Appeal, which started at Countdown stores nationwide this week, encourages people to donate what they can to their fellow Kiwis who might be doing it tough, and Countdown will match it.

Palmerston North will soon be home to a brand new, purpose-built distribution hub on Alderson Road, servicing Countdown’s stores from Gisborne to Wellington.  Construction starts on the new state-of-the-art building over the next few weeks.  

As the country celebrates the move to Level 1 today, Countdown will no longer be limiting the number of customers in its stores and will open all SCOs and service checkouts as required.

Countdown has launched a brand new Food for Good Foundation, with an immediate $1 million donation to food welfare and food rescue charities around the country, and a further $500,000 in financial support for Countdown’s food rescue partners in the July-June financial year ahead.  The Foundation also expects to raise a further $1 million this year for hunger relief together with Countdown customers, through its regular community fundraising and food appeals.