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Countdown to build Metro supermarket in repurposed Wanaka service station

Countdown is to build a new Metro supermarket in the South Island town of Wanaka, converting a former BP service station. 

The store, scheduled to open on Ardmore Street by Christmas, will be just 140sqm, but the portico that once sheltered vehicle owners while they were refuelling their cars will now protect click-and-collect customers loading groceries. 

Countdown says the store – the first Metro to be built in the South Island – will stock a “curated grocery range” and support online deliveries. 

“Over the last two years we’ve steadily been increasing our online deliveries from Queenstown into Wānaka, with more deliveries and delivery windows to help ensure we can meet demand,” said Countdown GM property Matt Grainger.  

“This next step to open a Metro store now means we can not only provide a pick-up service for online shoppers to have more flexibility about how and when they receive their orders but also provide a really thoughtfully curated range in-store, including easy eating options, barista-made coffee, ready-to-go meals, salads, health-focused snack options, and take-home dinners.”

During the past two years, Wanaka’s 9000-strong population has embraced online shopping, demand growing to the point Countdown decided to build a unique supermarket in the town, he said.

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