Ferrymead Countdown opens Thursday

ANNA PEARSON
Last updated 05:00 09/04/2014
Pam Annand
CHECKING SHELVES: Pam Annand was working at Countdown Ferrymead as a duty manager on the day of the February 22 quake.

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Ferrymead residents face a shorter grocery run with a shiny new supermarket opening its doors.

Countdown Ferrymead re-opens tomorrow after the February 22 earthquake forced its predecessor's demolition.

The supermarket was "the final piece in the puzzle" for the Progressive-owned chain's Christchurch stores, said managing director Dave Chambers.

It was the last of three buildings to be rebuilt, with SuperValue in Edgeware and the company's SuperValue/FreshChoice support office in Byron St also reopened.

Pam Annand was working at Countdown Ferrymead as a duty manager on the day of the February quake and is now the new store's part-time price integrity manager.

Store manager Aaron Murray said Annand was "instrumental" in making sure the supermarket's customers got out safely on the day of the quake.

Annand, who had worked at Countdown Ferrymead for nearly 10 years before the quakes, said she was just doing her job.

"It sounded like a plane had gone into the building. It sent a colleague I was with to the floor. I said, ‘Get on your feet and get out'. All the lighting had come down and it was completely dark," she said.

The 66-year-old has been "tiki-touring" around various Countdown supermarkets, including Rolleston, Rangiora and Dunedin, for the past two years.

"They really did look after me for the two years and a bit that I tiki-toured. It's lovely to be able to return [to the Ferrymead store]. It's just like the old days."

Annand said Ferrymead residents would welcome a much shorter trek to get their groceries.

"They have been pretty isolated," she said.

Countdown said the new supermarket would generate 112 jobs.

It was also home to the chain's first in-store pharmacy in the South Island.

Foodstuffs supermarkets were also hit hard by the quakes, with New World Redcliffs still closed.

A spokeswoman said New World Redcliffs was being re-built and work was also under way on a new Pak'nSave Wainoni store, she said.

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