All three Countdown stores are currently not allowed to sell liquor, with Springlands being the latest to have its licence suspended. The supermarket has been banned from selling alcohol for five days, between May 20 and 25.

In the meantime, Countdown Blenheim is already serving a 42-day suspension, which came into effect on April 26, and the newly-opened Countdown Redwoodtown has had its off-licence appealed by a medical officer of health, due to its liquor department being beside the entrance. The decision should be reviewed by the Alcohol Regulatory and Licensing Authority, but exactly ‘when’ is yet to be determined.