Foodstuffs stores invite New Zealand’s emergency services and medical personnel to take priority in store
Foodstuffs stores are inviting uniformed emergency services and
medical personnel to take priority at the checkout and external
queues in any store, at any time nationwide starting today.
Effective immediately at all New World, PAK'nSAVE, Four Square
and Raeward Fresh stores around New Zealand, any emergency service
or medical professional wearing their uniform or carrying DHB,
medical centre or proper identification will be given priority to
enter the store, should the store have a line, and to go through
the checkout line first.
"We know it might be hard for emergency services and medical
personnel to do their shop at a fixed time every day," says Chris
Quin, CEO of Foodstuffs North Island. "Our goal is to provide New
Zealand's much needed essential personnel with the opportunity to
do their shop whenever they need to and not have to wait in any
line. They are making an incredible commitment to keep us safe as
we unite to fight against COVID-19 and we are incredibly grateful
for their service."
The offering applies to all Military, Civil Defence, Police,
Fire and Emergency, Ambulance, and medical professionals, including
DHB personnel, doctors and nurses.
"As New Zealand works together to eliminate COVID-19, our
emergency services and medical teams are going to be critical to
help New Zealanders stay safe and well," says Steve Anderson, CEO
of Foodstuffs South Island. "We're proud to be able to do our bit
to make their lives easier when we know they'll be working long and
stressful hours. They deserve priority access all day every day,
and our essential working staff look forward to serving