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Two stores reopen in Reading’s Courtenay Central building

Report from RNZ
Two stores have reopened on the outside of the Reading Courtenay Central complex, which has been closed since concerns were raised in an engineering report.

STA Travel and Fix are the first stores to reopen.

Employees approached have said they have been told not to comment.

The Reading complex closed on 5 January when a draft report from engineers showed potential risks in the cinema levels if there was an earthquake. The city council says the newly identified risks weren’t caused by the Kaikōura earthquake in December 2016 that damaged the centre’s car park.

Fix is understood to have opened on Saturday.

Other shops in the complex include an ANZ branch, a pharmacy, a food court and retail stores, which remain closed.

The building’s car park was demolished in 2017, after it was damaged in the Kaikōura quake.

The city council says it is safe to walk on Courtenay Place directly outside the complex.

1 comment:

  1. Traveller, 22. January 2019, 16:14

    McDonalds is now open as well – making three businesses on the shopfront of Readings that are confident of their safety. But the big ANZ Bank alongside them is still closed.