First Countdown for Wellington CBD

11 May 2016: Countdown’s first supermarket in the Wellington CBD has been officially opened today by Wellington Mayor, Celia Wade-Brown.

Countdown Cable Car Lane opened its doors this morning, following an official opening on Tuesday night, where the team presented $500 cheques to both The Salvation Army and Kaibosh in recognition of their ongoing food rescue relationship in the region.

Mayor Celia Wade-Brown says the first Countdown supermarket in the Wellington CBD is a welcome addition to the area, and will be very positive for those who live and work in the city.

“The CBD has experienced a growth in population of 14 per cent in the last five years to 2015. We definitely need this new Countdown store in our busy smart capital,” says Mayor Wade-Brown.

Store Manager, Paul Berney, says he is excited to finally open the doors and get to know their new customers.

“The whole team, including our 88 new team members, have worked really hard to get the store ready for today’s opening, and we are proud to now share it with our customers.

“It may be small in size but we’ve designed an offer that city centre customers will love. With a full service deli and a range of ready meal options, Countdown Cable Lane will be a hit with our on-the-go customers,” says Mr Berney.

Countdown Managing Director, Dave Chambers, says that the business is excited to bring its range of food and groceries to the Wellington CBD.

“As a business, we are committed to making Kiwis’ lives a little better every day, which we are able to do by providing growing communities like Wellington with quality, affordable food,” Mr Chambers says.

Countdown Cable Car Lane is the first step in the company’s next generation of energy and carbon reduction-focused stores. Countdown’s new transcritical refrigeration system only uses naturally existing carbon dioxide. This is a true natural refrigerant system that has zero greenhouse gas emissions.

The new Cable Car Lane store will join Countdown’s Food Rescue programme, supporting The Salvation Army and Kaibosh. The programme has donated $3.5 million worth of food to food banks around New Zealand in the last year.

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