The opening of a new Mt Albert cafe is being delayed after a car crashed through its front doors.
Business partners Sally Tau and Maria Mamfredos were shocked to discover the damage and had planned to open the doors of Sidewalk Cafe on July 1.
The crash happened last Thursday around 11.30am close to the intersection of New North, Mt Albert and Carrington roads.
Avondale police Sergeant Ralph Bosma says two cars collided and as a result an 88-year-old woman control of her Mazda and crashed into the shop front. He says a female driver of an Audi that was involved is being charged with careless use of a motor vehicle.
A witness to the crash, who did not want to be named, helped the woman in the Mazda.
"I'm a bit shaky but I just did my St John first aid course recently so I was very well prepared. I was able to be at the driver's side. She was in a lot of shock but she was conscious and able to talk. It shows how much damage can happen even at a low speed."
The woman was discharged from Auckland Hospital on Monday.
Avondale senior fire station officer Dave Woon says two fire trucks were called to the scene.
"We were told there was a gas main involved but it was actually a power plinth."
The power box was still live immediately following the crash and the area was quickly cordoned off.
Ms Tau and Ms Mamfredos are leasing the now-damaged shop and will perservere to get it open.
"We were going to be opening in two weeks," Ms Tau says. "It's a small setback. We were just about to start painting the outside. Luckily the boys polishing the floor weren't here."
She is also grateful the car did not damage a series of brown tiles under the shop's front window.
"The tiles are so beautiful – they've been around since 1964."
Ms Tau says the new opening date is July 10.
Neighbouring business owner Zlatko Vuletic was relieved the car missed his shop.
"There's no damage but I can't open now," he says.
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