Pak’nSave Papanui opens

The new Papanui store. Photo: Facebook
The new Papanui store. Photo: Facebook
A new Pak’nSave has been officially opened in Christchurch.

Pak’nSave Papanui, a 6260sq m supermarket on the corner of Northcote and Main North Rds, was opened on Tuesday.

Foodstuffs South Island chief executive Mary Devine said the store will provide new 100 jobs.

She said 210 staff members were brought over from the former Pak’nSave Northlands store, which closed its doors for the final time at 6pm on Saturday.

"Pak’nSave Papanui offers a great shopping experience and shows our commitment to sustainability and the growing community of Papanui,” said Devine.

"There’s lots of natural light coming into the store, enhancing the fresh food offerings in produce, seafood, and butchery.

"There are also 22 self-service checkouts and 90 SHOP’nGO scanners to save customers time and money as they can scan and pack their groceries as they shop.”

The store also has solar panels , EV charging stations, cycle parking and a dedicated Click and Collect area. It is also equipped to trade continuously for three days in an emergency or natural disaster, with water storage and an on-site generator.

Owner-operators Bryan Walker and Lucy Boock also contacted food rescue partner Kairos Food Rescue to allow them to repurpose anything they need from the Northlands store, such as the reach truck, shelving, lockers and safety tools.

Boock is the third generation of grocers in her family. She started packing groceries at her parents’ store, New World Gardens, in Dunedin while she was at school. Walker has been in the supermarket industry for 26 years. He left school at 16 to work at New World Mosgiel as a grocery assistant and worked his way up through Foodstuffs South Island.