First new supermarket in central Christchurch rebuild to open
Christchurch will get its most central supermarket yet when a new FreshChoice in Lichfield St opens its doors to grocery shoppers on Tuesday.
The new supermarket, opposite the bus interchange, is the central city's first new supermarket since the earthquake rebuild began. It is part of the Carter Group's $140 million The Crossing development.
The new supermarket will be owned and run by Heather and Neville Brown, who already have FreshChoice Barrington, and will be open from 7am to 9pm daily. The FreshChoice brand is owned by Progressive Enterprises, which has about 30 franchised outlets around New Zealand.
The Browns are promising gourmet and specialty products, local suppliers, competitive prices and compostable bags. A cafe alongside the entrance to the supermarket has already opened.
There will be a "click and collect" online ordering system, and businesses will have access to a delivery service.
Live music will be played on Wednesday to Friday afternoons, and on Saturday mornings.
At 1456 square metres, the supermarket is the biggest new shop so far in the central city rebuild. It is located alongside The Crossing's new car parking building, and backs onto the rest of the development, which will open progressively with fashion stores and eateries from next month.
The closest supermarkets to the centre of the city until the FreshChoice opening are the New World at South City, and Pak 'n Sav and Countdown on Moorhouse Ave.