Sally Copland, Countdown digital general manager

PHOTO: SUPPLIED Sally Copland, Countdown digital general manager, says more customers are turning to online shopping.

Countdown will open a distribution centre in Auckland in response to the rapid growth in online delivery sales.

Countdown digital general manager Sally Copland said the Penrose distribution centre, which was under construction, would  the supermarket’s first “dark store”.

The distribution centre would not be open to the public but fill online delivery orders for Mt Wellington, St Johns, Three Kings, Ponsonby, Mt Eden, Grey Lynn Central, Botany, Manukau City Mall, Meadowlands and Manurewa will be dispatched from the distribution centre from April.