The second of nine houses to be cleared to make way for a new Countdown supermarket in Alexandra was ready to hit the road on Monday night.

Six houses are being moved from the 0.8ha site bordering Centennial Ave and Ventry St to make way for the 3000sqm supermarket, which was granted resource consent in January.

Site manager John Kilgour said the the first house was relocated to Letts Gully about a month ago, while the second and third were moved on Monday and Tuesday nights respectively to be used as worker accommodation in Omakau.

Two more would be relocated to Omakau, while another would be relocated to Bluff in Southland. Three remaining houses were unsuitable for removal and had been demolished.

The site is expected to be fully cleared by next month.