Napier, known for its two neighboring Countdown supermarkets, is about to witness the arrival of two Woolworths supermarkets in close proximity. Despite the nationwide rebranding from Countdown to Woolworths, both supermarkets have confirmed that there are no plans to sell their respective properties.
The first Woolworths store was established in Napier in 1988, marking one of the brand’s initial expansions from the South Island to the North Island. The second store, located on the “Carlyle” site, emerged 20 years ago after Woolworths Group acquired Countdown operator Progressive Enterprises.
The presence of two Woolworths supermarkets situated so closely to each other has piqued the interest of visitors and garnered national attention. Comedian and TV show host, Guy Williams, explored the peculiar situation in a four-minute segment back in 2018.
1. Why are there two Woolworths supermarkets in Napier?
Due to the expansion of the Woolworths brand from the South Island to the North Island, a Woolworths store was established in Napier in 1988. Another Woolworths store, located on the “Carlyle” site, emerged later due to company acquisitions.
2. Will the properties be sold?
Both Woolworths supermarkets have confirmed that there are no plans to sell their respective properties. The landlords of the sites have also expressed no intentions of selling.