Wellington shoppers will have to wait a little bit longer than expected before setting foot inside their new Countdown supermarket, whose $4 million fit-out has recently been delayed to June 2016.

The outlet was due to open later this year, but at present several design issues still need to be addressed. According to Adrian Walker, Countdown property general manager, works will hopefully start in early December. Up until now, only the process of tendering for construction has been completed.

Located in an ideal position on the corner of Lambton Quay and Cable Car Lane, the 1000 sqm site made a perfect spot to build the chain’s first Wellington metro store and try to break Foodstuffs’ monopoly in the area.

When completed, up to 50 people will be employed, catering for residents, local workers and visitors to the iconic Cable Car. “There is a large workforce in central Wellington and quite a large residential population as well. It’s a catchment area we don’t cover at the moment,” said Walker.