Work on the new supermarket in Ostend is “progressing well” and the store is likely to open between April and June next year.
The Countdown on Belgium Street will be 150% larger than the current store with a floor area of 3490 square metres.
The supermarket will take up about half of the site and will have a maximum height of 10.2 metres.
Progressive Enterprises has resource consent to cut 7780 square metres of earth and to remove 4036 cubic metres of material from the site.
“The contour of the site has meant that earth needs to be moved around the entire area to achieve the required ground levels and stability for the new store,” says Countdown general manager property Adrian Walker.
About 60 new jobs are likely at the new supermarket, and the 73 current staff will keep their positions or can apply for other roles if they wish.
Seven retail shops in the supermarket complex will run along the roadside, while a partially underground car park will offer parking for 179 cars.
“We are currently in negotiation with a range of potential tenants for the retail shops on the site that cover a range of uses from food to homewares to professional services,” says Mr Walker.
The back of the site will be used for wastewater disposal and will be planted with more than 6,000 plants including native trees, shrubs, flaxes and grasses.