Countdown has lodged a resource consent application with Hutt City Council to redevelop the Wainuiomata Shopping Centre, which includes a proposal to build a new Countdown supermarket at the heart of the town centre.

Countdown’s general manager property, Adrian Walker said the lodging marks a pivotal movement for the redevelopment. “There has been a great deal of anticipation about the future of the Wainuiomata Shopping Centre and we are delighted to now be able to share our vision for the long-term future for Countdown and the rest of the town centre with the wider community.”

“Together with the construction of the retirement village and a new cycleway imminent, we believe this redevelopment will also make a good contribution to the rejuvenation of Wainuiomata.”

The new supermarket will be 3600m2 and will focus on energy efficiency including electric vehicle charging stations and a larger car park. The new store will also feature an in-store pharmacy, as well as wider aisles, an expansive fresh produce department, an in-store bakery, dedicated health food and online shopping.

Countdown hopes to have the redevelopment completed by end of 2019.