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Countdown has announced a new compact Metro store for Wanaka, with a focus on making online shopping easier for the growing community. Marjorie Cook reports.

Preliminary work is already under way in Ardmore St on a new-format Countdown store, the first of its type in the South Island.

Doors to the 140sqm boutique store in Wanaka are expected to open before Christmas this year.

The land was formerly occupied by a BP fuel station and workshop and is now owned by development company Willowridge.

The Countdown Metro will feature a drive-through to pick up online orders.

Countdown general manager property Matt Grainger said the click-and-collect option store was expected to generate 14 jobs.

Mr Grainger said Wanaka customers had embraced online shopping and demand had driven the development.

“Over the last two years we’ve steadily been increasing our online deliveries from Queenstown into Wanaka, with more deliveries and delivery windows to help ensure we can meet demand.

“By opening a Metro store we can now provide a pick-up service for online shoppers, meaning they have more flexibility about how and when they receive their orders, while also providing 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,” Mr Grainger said.

Countdown was looking forward to employing team members from the local community and giving customers new options, he said.

Preparing for development . . . the former BP site on Ardmore Street will be redeveloped for the South Island’s first Countdown Metro. PHOTO: MARJORIE COOK

The BP service station is being repurposed to make way for the supermarket.

Wanaka company Calder Developments has been awarded the construction contract.

Countdown is owned by Woolworths New Zealand and the brand has never had a store in Wanaka before.

Wanaka has two New World supermarkets and two Four Square supermarkets.

Those brands are owned by competitor Foodstuffs.