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Justin and Melissa Blackler

New World has opened its first supermarket in lockdown – Ravenswood New World – north of Woodend.

It was a different kind of opening to the usual fanfare surrounding the opening of a new store.

Head of Retail Operations at Foodstuffs South Island, Ross Martin, says there was no ribbon cutting, or crowds of shoppers watching on.

“But it was still a momentous occasion for all. The team has been working hard to get the store built and open for this awesome new community and we really didn’t want lockdown to stand in the way of that,” Mr Martin says.

Foodstuffs and owner operators of the store, Justin and Melissa Blackler, have worked closely with the Ministry of Business Innovation and Enterprise at Alert Level 4, and everyone is really proud to be able to open on time and on schedule, he says.

All New World stores are 100% locally owned and operated, with store owners and their teams having the flexibility to cater to the specific needs of their community.

Justin and Melissa Blackler, who live in Kaiapoi, have moved minutes up the road from their previous store, Raeward Fresh Harewood.

“We are looking forward to getting behind this awesome new community and are excited to share with them what is on offer in-store,” Justin says

“For us finally to bring this store to the community is pretty special and the feedback we have received to date has been outstanding.”

The new supermarket employs about 100 locals including in-store butchers, bakers and deli experts.

“We are all looking forward to providing fresh food, great value and excellent customer service,” Justin says.

The New World Ravenswood supermarket was built in just over 12 months and features an in-store cafe, a spacious fresh foods hall, an extensive craft beer and local wine selection, a zero-alcohol zone and an Eco Store refillery station.

It will provide a full-scale grocery offering for the Ravenswood community and also cater to the wider North Canterbury community with the ability to grow as families move into the residential developments in surrounding areas.

New World Ravenswood is located at 10 Bob Robertson Drive, Woodend 7691 and will be open seven days a week from 7am to 9pm.