Gisborne set to get a brand new Countdown supermarket

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.

The new store will be built on the same site as the existing store, which will continue to operate while the new one is being constructed.

Countdown’s General Manager of Store Operations, Brett Ashley says Countdown is looking forward to giving locals a beautiful new store to enjoy. 

“While the current store does a great job of servicing the local community, we’re keen to provide an even better shopping experience for local customers. We're really excited about the plans for our new store, which will be a significant investment in Gisborne and will also create around 30 additional jobs for the local community, which is something I am particularly proud about,” says Brett Ashley.

The site was blessed by Ngāi Tāwhiri in a ceremony this morning with members of the local community including the Gisborne Mayor, Rehette Stoltz in attendance.

Mayor Rehette Stoltz says the new store will be welcomed by the Gisborne community.

“This will be a wonderful addition to the shopping choice in Gisborne, and will create many jobs in construction, and new jobs once the store is open. It’s exciting that the company has given Gisborne a great tick of approval in what has been a shaky start to the year,” says Mayor Rehette Stoltz. 

“We are looking forward to working collaboratively with Countdown and helping ensure the construction proceeds smoothly.” 

Work on the site will begin in mid-August and will be completed in two major stages. The first stage will include the construction of the new store and the second stage will include the demolition of the old store to create space for a new and more convenient car park. 

Last year Countdown also expanded its online shopping service into surrounding towns such as Mahia, Wairoa, Te Karaka and Tolaga Bay to help meet the growing demand.



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