Doors open at Countdown Aotea

11 January 2017: Countdown’s much anticipated new Aotea in Porirua store has been officially opened today by Mayor Mike Tana, bringing with it 57 new jobs for the local community.

Students from Rangikura School attended the opening and performed a haka to mark the opening.

Countdown also presented a $500 trolley of groceries to the local Salvation Army foodbank, which the store will donate to each week through Countdown’s Food Rescue programme.

Mayor Mike Tana congratulated Countdown Aotea on its successful launch.

“Porirua is a vibrant growing community, and the new supermarket will be a welcome addition to the community in Aotea. The new bigger supermarket means more jobs and more shopping choices for customers in the area, which is great to see.”

Countdown Aotea Store Manager Mark Berney says he and his team are very excited to open their doors and share the store with 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 has been phenomenal. Countdown Aotea brings with it 57 new jobs, and we’re excited and proud to welcome these new team members to the Countdown team.

“The Aotea community will love our new store, which includes wider aisles, a more expansive fresh produce department, and a full production bakery,” says Mr Berney.

Aotea is Countdown’s first new store to open in 2017, and is an example of their continued commitment to investing in communities around New Zealand. Last year Countdown invested more than $200 million building new stores and upgrading their existing store network.

Aotea is also part of Countdown’s Food Rescue programme, which donated more than $3.5 million worth of food to food banks around New Zealand in the last year

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