It’s taken four and a half years but Wainoni residents now have the opportunity to do their shopping in a brand new supermarket with the new PAK’nSAVE Wainoni.
The new store is part of Foodstuffs South Island Ltd’s continued promise to Christchurch’s heavily impacted eastern suburbs and the investment of over $40 million in the store rebuild came at a time where it was imperative the business kept the old store operational and meeting the supermarket needs of the community. The completion of the new store helps guarantee approximately 300 jobs in the eastern suburbs.
Owner-operator Marcel Gray says, “Keeping the old store operational while we built the new supermarket has been really important both for staff who needed the ongoing job security and for the community which had been through so much upheaval after the earthquakes. It feels like we can finally move on and move forward after the earthquakes. The old store feels like an embattled old ship, she’s been through a lot and now it’s time to retire her to the scrap yard. Both the staff and I are excited to be in the new store and able to give our customers the best PAK’nSAVE supermarket shopping experience we can.”
The new store is 500 sqm larger than the previous store at 6,400 sqm and when completed will have over 400 customer car parks. Foodstuffs ongoing commitment to sustainability can be seen throughout the store which has plenty of natural light, LED lighting, CO2 refrigeration, and is part of the nationwide Foodstuffs waste management programme which works to reduce the stores overall environmental footprint.