Doors open at Countdown Redwoodtown

14 April 2016: Countdown’s new Redwoodtown store has been officially opened today by Marlborough Mayor Alistair Sowman.

The opening featured a presentation of a $500 trolley of groceries for the local Salvation Army foodbank.

Mayor Alistair Sowman says the new supermarket is an indication of Countdown's confidence that Blenheim has a growing customer base.

"This supermarket will serve our growing population on the south side of town. The bigger shop means more jobs and an upgraded shopping environment for customers. Not only that, I would expect the increased customer base at the new supermarket to create a positive spin-off for neighbouring businesses in Redwoodtown."

Store Manager David Smale says he is excited to be a part of this new Countdown, and can’t wait to get to know all of the store’s customers.

“There has been a big build up to today’s opening and the amount of effort that has gone into getting the store ready today has been phenomenal. Countdown Redwoodtown brings with an additional 24 jobs, bringing the total team to 75 and we’re excited and proud to welcome those new staff members into the Countdown team.

“We think our customers will love our new store, which has all of the features you would expect to see, plus a few added extras such as the extended fresh offer, full service deli, and a postal offer that will allow customer to send and receive parcels from in-store,” says Mr Smale.

Countdown’s Managing Director, Dave Chambers, says the business is excited to be opening the new store in Redwoodtown, which is a significant step up from the old Redwoodtown store.

“We’re about making Kiwis’ lives a little better every day, which customers will see with an extended range of groceries at low prices, as well as a wide range of products on special every week,” Mr Chambers says.

Redwoodtown will join Countdown’s Food Rescue programme, which has donated $3.5 million worth of food to food banks around New Zealand in the past year.

The new store has been designed with Countdown’s latest features and includes wider aisles, and a more expansive fresh produce department. The store is also equipped with energy efficient fittings and equipment which helps Countdown achieve its goal of holding its carbon emissions to 2006 levels, despite a 37% increase in selling space.

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