Renovation work is nearly complete at Countdown Mount Eden, but according to Albert Eden local board chairman Peter Haynes the store has become ‘too big’. The new Countdown Mount Eden is a half-hectare in size (5000 sqm), one-third bigger than the former supermarket—an expansion that helped create 50 extra jobs.
Despite his appreciation of the new Valley Rd basalt rock wall, Haynes pointed out he preferred the supermarket as it was. “There’s a lot more walking required to do the same shop,” he said.
Following the upgrade, the store now features an extended deli section, a bigger health food section, new meat and seafood counters, new in-store pharmacy, larger entrance, wider aisles, new café and 94 new car parks.
Opened in the 1970s, Mount Eden is one of Countdown’s busiest stores. To meet its ever-changing customer demand, the company has reviewed its offer with the addition of new and smaller suppliers, while also introducing a dedicated space at the front of the store for favourite items like bread and milk.