Supermarket hiring workers

Recruitment of 150 staff for the new Pak 'n Save supermarket in Blenheim has begun, with the owners hoping to have a management team in place by Christmas.

Applications for management positions at the Middle Renwick Rd supermarket, which is still under construction, closed on November 2.

Store owners Mark Elkington and Andrea Boock said they hoped to have a management team organised by Christmas, in time to hire staff for the rest of the store in the new year.

"We will be open for applications for all other general store positions in late November with a view to starting the recruitment process in early January," Mr Elkington said.

They plan to recruit about 150 staff in total.

Mr Elkington was not able to comment on how many job applications had been received.

The 6000 square metre store, which will include a petrol site and more than 300 car parks, is scheduled to open in March or April.

Robinson Construction, which is building the supermarket, was on track to reach the February completion date despite rain slowing work in winter, owner Phil Robinson said yesterday.

About 50 workers were on site at a time, finishing the drive-through area for delivery trucks and doing internal work, such as lining.

Consumer NZ named Pak 'n Save the cheapest supermarket chain throughout the country in its annual supermarket survey last week, finding its total cost 7 per cent less than those of Countdown and New World.

The supermarket chain has been consistently the cheapest in the survey for more than a decade.

However, Consumer NZ chief executive Sue Chetwin said Pak 'n Save had less choice of products than the other two chains.

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