KNOCKED DOWN: The old Edgeware SuperValue, which was demolished.
The supermarket, which was demolished after the February 2011 earthquake, is reopening in a new building on the same site.Edgeware residents are eagerly awaiting the opening of SuperValue Edgeware Village tomorrow.
Owner-operator Stephen Anderson said residents and Edgeware Village businesses were pleased to see the store reopen.
"Our customers have been very patient while we have rebuilt our village supermarket into one we can be proud of, and bringing a supermarket back to the village will assist surrounding businesses."
He said the store would open every day from 7am to 9pm and would employ more than 40 locals, including many of the store's original staff members.
Anderson said the new store had been built with the community's values in mind.
"In designing the new supermarket, we've kept some of the heritage look and feel of Edgeware Village, but incorporated some great new technology in a brighter, more spacious environment," he said.
Recover Canterbury spokeswoman Pip Tschudin said the reopening was a "huge boost for the community".
"Edgeware businesses have demonstrated incredible resilience and determination over the last 18 months, working together and engaging with external support to ensure their community not just survives but truly recovers and flourishes,'' Tschudin said.
"We are delighted that we have been able to help SuperValue Edgeware Village and this close-knit community get back on its feet."
Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee will officially open the new store tomorrow morning, and Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority chief executive Roger Sutton and Christchurch Mayor Bob Parker will also attend.