Farmers on Cuba Street is set to reopen, more than a month after a quake forced the department store to shut its doors.
Farmers will reopen to customers this Thursday. The building had been evacuated immediately after a 6.6 magnitude quake struck Wellington on August 16, and had remained closed since then, with the shop front sealed off from the sidewalk by fences.
The store was closed due to concerns about the stability of the heritage building it leases.Farmers chief executive and managing director Rod McDermott said the Cuba Street store had been declared fit to occupy by three sets of engineers.
''The reason why we closed for so long was to make sure that we had sufficient time to allow the engineers to assess the building and reach a conclusion on its seismic capacity and advise on when we could reoccupy,'' he said.
''As always the wellbeing of our staff, customers and contractors is our utmost priority and we will continue to monitor the building's safety on an ongoing basis.''
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