Mall shop checked after jolts
Glassons in The Plaza is the weakest area of the central-city Palmerston North mall in an earthquake.
Management are now working to make it safer.
The clothing store was the only shop in the mall to be closed for two days following the 6.6 magnitude earthquake that struck central New Zealand last week.
It also shut after the 6.5 magnitude earthquake near Seddon a month ago.
Kiwi Income Property Trust owns The Plaza. The trust's chief executive officer, Gavin Parker, said yesterday Glassons had made the decision to shut over the weekend as a precaution, and to allow engineers to examine the building.
The shop was clearly marked as being a weaker structure in The Plaza, but it was declared safe to reopen this Monday by engineers, Parker said.
"We are now working up a proposal to strengthen that part of the building, as we are doing with all our buildings in Wellington and New Zealand that we think would be suitable for that," he said.
Staff at the store were not allowed to talk on record, but said they were keen to quash lingering false rumours about the safety of the shop.
A spokeswoman for Hallensteins Glassons New Zealand and the company's chief executive Graeme Popplewell refused to respond to Manawatu Standard inquiries, saying it would not be appropriate.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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