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PAK’nSAVE Wainoni opens to much support in the Eastern Suburbs
Antoinette Laird

It's taken four and a half years but Wainoni residents will now have the opportunity to do their shopping in a brand new supermarket with the new PAK'nSAVE Wainoni opening on Wednesday 19 August 2015.

Foodstuffs South Island Ltd is thrilled to announce that Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel cut the ribbon and officially opened the doors of the new store at 9am on the 19 August. Mayor Dalziel was the MP of the Eastern Suburbs at the time of the earthquakes and throughout the rebuild has continued to offer her full support to the PAK'nSAVE Wainoni rebuild efforts and Foodstuffs commitment to continuing to trade in the original store.

The new store is part of Foodstuffs South Island Ltd's continued promise to Christchurch's heavily impacted eastern suburbs and the investment of over $40 million in the store rebuild came at a time where it was imperative the business kept the old store operational and meeting the supermarket needs of the community. The completion of the new store helps guarantee approximately 300 jobs in the eastern suburbs.

Owner-operator Marcel Gray says, "Keeping the old store operational while we built the new supermarket has been really important both for staff who needed the ongoing job security and for the community which had been through so much upheaval after the earthquakes. It feels like we can finally move on and move forward after the earthquakes. The old store feels like an embattled old ship, she's been through a lot and now it's time to retire her to the scrap yard. Both the staff and I are excited to be in the new store and able to give our customers the best PAK'nSAVE supermarket shopping experience we can."

"A special word of thanks needs to go to our insurance brokers, Crombie Lockwood, and our insurer, NZI, who were instrumental in agreeing to our plan to continue trading through the rebuild. Without their support we would have been looking at a two year closure," says Gray. "Not a prospect any of us were comfortable with."

Roger Davidson, General Manager Property and Retail Development, Foodstuffs South Island Ltd says, "The store build hasn't been without its challenges, construction issues due to the land quality meant significant reinforcing, cost and time. PAK'nSAVE Wainoni has 3,500 stone columns supporting the store, the columns were drilled over the course of 12 months by two drilling rigs which worked 12 hours per day to get the job completed. It's my understanding that PAK'nSAVE Wainoni has more piles supporting it than any other building in the country, it's a pretty spectacular engineering feat."

"Thanks also need to go to Fletchers Building and Powell Fenwick Consultants Ltd, a local Christchurch engineering firm, for the hard work and dedication to delivering a solid building on land that provided plenty of challenges," adds Davidson.

The new store is 500 sqm larger than the previous store at 6,400 sqm and when completed will have over 400 customer car parks. Foodstuffs ongoing commitment to sustainability can be seen throughout the store which has plenty of natural light, LED lighting, CO2 refrigeration, and is part of the nationwide Foodstuffs waste management programme which works to reduce the stores overall environmental footprint.

Gray confirms that, "Customers will continue to get the great service and prices they are used to at PAK'nSAVE Wainoni, but the overall shopping experience promises to be so much better. From the fresh produce and meat, to the deli and bakery with fresh pizzas made on demand, a large dedicated seafood market and the new Sticky Café with coffee to go - we are really looking forward to giving our customers the great service they associate with the PAK'nSAVE Wainoni team.

There were a couple of days where customers had to manage without PAK'nSAVE Wainoni, as Gray confirms that the existing store closed at 8pm on Sunday 16 August. This meant the store was closed for two days as the team transitioned all the stock across to the new store for the scheduled opening on Wednesday 19 August.

"We appreciate this was an inconvenience for some of our loyal customers but it was a necessity as we transitioned from the old to new store," says Gray. "Customer communications were well planned to ensure inconvenience was kept to a minimum and I'm pleased to say customers were very supportive of us during the transition." 


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