Quake-hit Briscoes to reopen
Homeware store Briscoes will reopen in central Christchurch next week.
The retailer's Salisbury St building was deemed unsafe after the February 2011 earthquake and demolished late last year.
A 3300-square-metre store has been built on the site and will open on Wednesday at 9am.
Christchurch deputy mayor Ngaire Button will lead a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Thursday.
Store manager Jeremy Lowe said the building was the first large-scale retail store to be fully rebuilt in the central city since the quakes.
''We've seen a lot of destruction here. Now's the time for positivity and moving forward. We're all really excited to be a part of that," he said.
The store sits on 175 piles that support a floor slab suspended above the ground. This means silt would fill the space if another quake triggered liquefaction, leaving the building undamaged.
Pre-quake staff, deployed to other Briscoes branches, will return, along with 10 new employees.
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