More than 20 years have passed since the original consent application for the Five Mile development was lodged, in 1993, but the wait is finally over – the new Countdown Queenstown store opened its doors on October 22nd, after months of anticipation.
The new generation outlet covers an area of 4,200 sqm and features wider aisles, energy efficient fittings, a bakery department and over 600 car parks. Other businesses are set to open in the surrounding area within the next few weeks.
“As Queenstown continues to grow, it’s great to see more businesses opening up and offering increased opportunities for employment, particularly permanent roles. This new store alone is providing more than 80 new jobs to the region, which will be a great boost for Queenstown,” said Todd Barclay, Clutha-Southland MP.
According to Antony Tasker, Countdown Queenstown store manager, the involvement of the community was ensured at every stage.
“We’ve tried to hire lots of locals, people who live here all the time, for certainty of ongoing employment, plus we can train and develop them,” Tasker said.
The store, located at 30 Grant Road, is now open from 7am to 10pm every day.