Christchurch Airport and Progressive Enterprises have announced
that a new Countdown supermarket will open within the airport's
Spitfire Square retail development.
Airport Chief Commercial Officer Blair Forgie says the new
supermarket will be the "anchor tenant" for Spitfire Square.
"We have the equivalent of the population of Timaru coming onto
the airport campus every day, with many of them wanting everyday
grocery and other items," says Mr Forgie. "The new
supermarket will undoubtedly be used by airport staff and visitors
Progressive Enterprises' Managing Director Dave Chambers said
the company was pleased to be part of the new Spitfire Square
"There's a lot of exciting development in Christchurch, and it's
great to find a site tailored to meet the needs of a resident,
worker and tourist population," says Mr Chambers.
"Spitfire Square is a high-quality site; it's the right size for
the sort of offering we want to provide there and has all the
access our customers demand. It's going to be a great place
The supermarket is expected to be approximately 2700sqm and aims
to be trading by the end of 2014.
Countdown is one of New Zealand's most recognisable and trusted
brands in supermarket retailing serving more than 2.5 million
customers every week. As one of the country's largest private
sector employers, Countdown has 166 supermarkets across New Zealand
supported by 18,500 team members. www.countdown.co.nz
Christchurch Airport - bringing the world South
Christchurch Airport welcomes almost 5.5 million passengers a
year, ranking as New Zealand's second largest airport. The
airport occupies a unique position economically, as the South
Island's busiest and most strategic air connection to the world's
trade and tourism markets. 85% of international visitors to the
South Island are welcomed and farewelled at Christchurch
In addition, the airport plays an important role as the South
Island's major domestic hub servicing all New Zealanders, enabling
passengers to connect to a full spectrum of destinations throughout
New Zealand. Christchurch International Airport is a major
driver of the regional Canterbury economy, generating airport
precinct related jobs for nearly 6000 people.
Government policy currently offers 'Open Skies" over
Christchurch until 2017, giving favourable consideration to
airlines offering new services to and from the city.
Christchurch Airport is owned and operated by Christchurch
International Airport Limited (CIAL). CIAL was
established as a limited liability company in 1988, and ownership
of CIAL is now shared by Christchurch City Holdings Limited with
75% and the New Zealand Government with 25%. The company's
vision is to be recognised as New Zealand's leading tourist
Christchurch Airport is a carbon neutral company and has
received carboNZero certification from Landcare Research following
a detailed measurement and analysis process. CIAL is the first
airport company in the Southern Hemisphere to attain certified
carbon neutral status and is the second carbon neutral
certified airport company in the world.
Visit christchurchairport.co.nz for more
Countdown Press Office
Phone: 027 500 1378
Christchurch International Airport Limited
Phone: 03 353 7807
Mobile: 021 450 202