Press Release – Countdown Supermarket
Countdown will unveil its newest Auckland store this week, located on Stoddard Road in Mt Roskill, a rapidly developing area for both retailers and residents.
The 3,600sqm supermarket is located at 112 Stoddard Road, Mt Roskill, and will be officially opened at 8am on Thursday by local MP, Phil Goff. The store will then be opened to the public at 9am.
The Stoddard Road supermarket is the first in Auckland to feature the new Countdown Pharmacy offering, with a pharmacy conveniently located within the health and beauty aisles of the supermarket. Customers will be able to purchase prescription and pharmacy-only products from a qualified pharmacist, and take advantage of convenient supermarket trading hours and competitive pricing.
Countdown Stoddard Road Store Manager, Mike Uri, believes the supermarket will be a welcome addition to the Mt Roskill community.
“Mt Roskill is really growing and developing, so both residents and workers can look forward to having a fantastic new supermarket featuring Countdown’s range of fresh food and great value, as well as a unique and convenient pharmacy – it will truly be a one-stop-shop,” said Mike.
The store will employ 160 people, including qualified pharmacist Tim Neale, and includes a large full-service bakery baking fresh goods daily, as well as an expansive produce section, butchery department, service deli and seafood department. It will also feature a walk-in beer chiller, a Lotto outlet and a large car park with 144 covered and 86 uncovered spaces. In addition to eight checkouts and four express checkouts, the store will also include six self-serve checkouts so customers can scan and pay for their shopping themselves.
Store Manager Mike Uri says the new pharmacy offering has had a fantastic response in Newtown and Palmerston North to date, and the Mt Roskill team is excited to be opening Auckland’s first Countdown Pharmacy.
“We all have busy lives and Countdown Pharmacy provides our customers with even more convenience within the safe environment of a supermarket,” said Mike.
Countdown Mt Roskill incorporates many of the fantastic design elements of Countdown’s new generation stores, and has been carefully designed and constructed to reduce its impact on the environment. It features energy efficient CO2 refrigeration plant systems, night blinds on refrigerated cabinets, sliding covers on freezers, heat reclaim off the refrigeration coils and energy efficient lighting to help minimise the store’s carbon footprint.
From its opening date of 7 February, the store will also offer online shopping. Mike adds, “We’ll have dedicated personal shoppers to pick the items customers have ordered, ensuring each delivery is full of the freshest products and personally delivered to their door. Alternatively, customers can opt to order online and collect the items themselves from the customer service desk in-store using the new Click and Collect service.”
Tech-savvy customers can also take advantage of the free Countdown grocery shopping app1, which combines a digital shopping list with barcode scanning capability, prices, recipes and an online shopping function.
1 The Countdown App for iPhone is free to download. There may be charges related to the download of data. Please check with your service provider. The scanning feature of the App will work with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4 & iPhone 4S and selected Android phones
Mike, a born and bred Mt Roskill local, said he had met with many members of the community ahead of the opening.
“The response from locals has been great. In the lead up to opening day we’ve had many people approach our team members to say how pleased they are to be getting a Countdown store in the area.”
Countdown online, including Click and Collect, is available at www.countdown.co.nz. The store’s regular trading hours will be Monday through to Sunday, 7am to 10pm, and the pharmacy hours are 9am to 8pm.
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