Count­down is on for new store

Selwyn and Ashburton Outlook - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - ERIN TASKER

The shelves are fill­ing up fast at Ash­bur­ton’s new­est su­per­mar­ket, ahead of its June 1 open­ing.

Fin­ish­ing touches are all that’s left for Ash­bur­ton’s new Count­down, on the cor­ner of State High­way 1 and South Street, and the staff of 60 has been fran­ti­cally fill­ing the long life food shelves for the past fort­night, some­thing they’ll be do­ing right up to the last minute as the fresh food comes in.

The store’s man­ager Kyle Web­ber can’t keep the smile off his face as he shows the Out­look through the new su­per­mar­ket. One of his favourite fea­tures is the des­ti­na­tion gluten free and or­ganic sec­tion, and he proudly shows off the in­ter­na­tional food sec­tion – with sec­tions specif­i­cally ded­i­cated to dif­fer­ent coun­try’s food like the United King­dom, South Africa, In­dia and Mex­ico – which takes up a fair chunk of one aisle.

The new su­per­mar­ket’s lay out largely mir­rors the town’s ex­ist­ing Count­down – which the su­per­mar­ket’s own­ers Pro­gres­sive En­ter­prises say will stay af­ter the new one opens – but ev­ery­thing’s on a much larger scale.

Web­ber said the new store’s bot­tled wa­ter aisle is three times the size of that of the cur­rent Count­down, while the nappy se­lec­tion is also much big­ger, be­cause nap­pies are big sellers in Ash­bur­ton.

‘‘Most of our range is based on what sells in Ash­bur­ton,’’ Web­ber said.

The new Count­down does have one thing no other su­per­mar­ket in Ash­bur­ton has – an in store phar­macy, with a con­sul­ta­tion room. It will give a broad range of phar­macy ser­vices to cus­tomers, with Count­down’s $3 pre­scrip­tion charge.

The store also fea­tures an open bak­ery, so peo­ple can see cakes and baked goods be­ing cre­ated, and a large bulk food sec­tion.

On­line shop­pers will also be bet­ter catered to, with lock­ers to hold gro­ceries be­side the check­out coun­ters. At the cur­rent Count­down, click and col­lect gro­ceries are kept out the back of the store.

The doors to the new Count­down will open for the first time on June 1 at 8.30am, and the first 200 cus­tomers through the door will re­ceive a $20 voucher.

As well as build­ing the new su­per­mar­ket, Pro­gres­sive En­ter­prises also footed the bill – es­ti­mated to be around $1 mil­lion – for traf­fic light in­stal­la­tion at the in­ter­sec­tion, which is set to get a whole lot busier once the new store opens.

ERIN TASKER/FAIR­FAX NZ

Get­ting ready for the big open­ing are Jake Seath, Kyle Web­ber, Mandy Man­preet and Amie Dug­gan.

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