Foodstuffs to open self-checkout-only store

Foodstuffs is opening a self-checkout-only grocery store called Pams Pantry – an extension of its Pams private label range.

The store, which will open in Amberley, North Canterbury, in July will primarily stock Foodstuffs’ Pams, Pams Finest and Value private labels.

According to Foodstuffs South Island general manager of retail Tim Donaldson, the store will offer ease, convenience and great value to customers.

“There’s something else new. The store will be 100 per cent self-checkout, freeing up our team members to help customers get what they want, how they want it,” Donaldson said in a statement.

“There will still be an opportunity to catch up on local gossip and news with our people, but these customers who love the ability to get in and out quickly with no fuss will enjoy the ease of self-checkout.”

The concept store is serving as a trial, and if things go well, it will lead to a broader rollout into other parts of New Zealand.


Donaldson said he has long had this project in mind, and is looking forward to seeing how customers respond to the self-service experience.

“When the opportunity came up to revisit one of our Four Square stores, we wanted to do something very different for customers,” Donaldson said.

“Aside from the fact we get to celebrate one of New Zealand’s most iconic grocery brands, Pams, we also have the chance to create a new, one-of-a-kind shopping experience for our customers in Amberley.”

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