$16m supermarket 'will create 100 jobs'

Plans for a fourth Countdown supermarket in Palmerston North have taken a step forward.

Palmerston North City Council has notified the resource consent for a store on Pioneer Highway.

Countdown general manager for property Adrian Walker said the $16 million development would bring the total number of Countdown staff in the city to 360.

"We're very pleased to have put forward a proposal for a $16m supermarket on Pioneer Highway that will create up to 100 jobs in Palmerston North and engage dozens of local construction and building companies beforehand.

"Suitable sites for supermarkets are hard to come by because of the appropriate zoning, site access and size that we need," Walker said. "Palmerston North is growing and this is an area where we don't have a presence."

The proposed 2800-square-metre store is planned for the site of the former Kia Toa clubrooms and Awapuni Motor Hotel complex.

The resource consent includes provision for a roundabout on Pioneer Highway. The supermarket would be stage one of the redevelopment of the site, which isnow bare.

Stage two would be a 1925sqm retail and commercial development with space for between 10 and 15 businesses.

The resource consent application says stage two would happen at a time when it is economically viable to develop by another, as yet unknown, party.

"We're committed to building a supermarket that will fit in with the community, and we've worked hard to put forward a design that complements the area around us."

Timing is subject to a resource consent being received and any appeals. The resource consent can be viewed at the city council's office and website. Submissions can be made until 5pm on September 19.