Foodstuffs has plans to build a new Pak’nSave in Christchurch with facilities for disaster response in case of emergencies. Resource consent to build the supermarket has been applied for by Foodstuffs, and the company plans its construction to be located next to its head offices and former distribution centre.

Functioning as a lifeline hub in emergencies the supermarket would distribute goods such as food, fuel and drinking water to the public along with accommodating Civil Defense. The facility would be available to use for the organisation of resources, briefings, helicopter landings and refuelling of emergency vehicles. An on-site generator, six 30,000 litre fresh and wastewater storage tanks would also be located at the supermarket.

If the company’s plans are approved, the existing Pak’nSave at the Northlands shopping centre would be converted into a New World supermarket.

“Foodstuffs consider the New World brand to be a better fit with Northlands than Pak’nSave because the former tends to attract visitors that are more likely to undertake cross-shopping with other mall stores,” said the company’s resource consent application.

The proposed supermarket would be 6890sqm and would contain 278 parking spaces, half of these underground, and an eight-pump petrol station. Foodstuff’s application also states it believes the development would prove good use of the site.