Dwindling profits at the Tauranga Foodtown on Cameron Road is being blamed for its imminent closure.
The supermarket will permanently cease operating at 9pm on Sunday, May 1.
The 49 employees at the store, which opened on June 28 1983, were told about the closure at a meeting last week.
Tauranga Foodtown this morning.
Chief operating officer at Progressive Enterprises, Dave Chambers, says the Tauranga Foodtown team have worked extremely hard in a tough retail environment.
“Our team members at Foodtown Tauranga are a great asset to our company and we are committed to providing ongoing employment and job security for them all.”
“We will be working with our team members on an individual basis in coming weeks to identify opportunities in other stores. Countdown has consulted the National Distribution Union on the decision.”
Countdown operates seven other stores in the wider Tauranga and Mount Maunganui area and many of our team members will be moving to the new look Countdown Tauranga, directly across Cameron Road.
The Foodtown will continue operating as normal until May 1.