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Countdown staff will be given a stake in the company.

The supermarket chain has announced it is awarding A$750 (NZ$808) of Woolworths Group shares to 14,400 Kiwi employees across 183 stores and distribution centres.

Australian-based Woolworths Group owns Countdown in New Zealand.

Countdown employs 20,373 staff across its supermarkets, distribution centres, processing plants and support offices.

Staff who weren’t eligible for the share award included employees who already received incentives as part of their employment with Countdown, those employed after March 1 and non-permanent staff.

Shares in Woolworths Group were trading at A$35.2 on the Australian Stock Exchange on Tuesday.

Countdown managing director Natalie Davis said the shares recognised the role staff played to keep the stores open during the lockdown.

““This has been a big year for our teams, and we are very proud of the way they have served New Zealand,” Davis said.


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