Buildings await seismic checks

Last updated 12:55 24/07/2013

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Some businesses were into their third day of closure on Wednesday as they waited for seismic assessments of their buildings.

Farmers' two Nelson stores and one in Richmond, the ANZ and BNZ bank branches in Motueka, the ANZ branch at 248 Trafalgar St and the Community Groups Centre in Halifax St were shut.

Farmers chief financial officer Michael Power said the loss of trading because of the closures had "definitely" had an impact but he declined to quantify it.

"We may be getting engineers in at Nelson and Richmond today. Depending on the results of those inspections we can look to open later today," he said this morning.

The engineers had been in Blenheim yesterday. "We had to wait until they had gone through Blenheim before they went to Nelson."

Staff were waiting, on pay, for a call from their store manager to let them know when to return to work, Mr Power said. Once they returned and tidied up the stores could reopen.

A notice on the door at the Motueka ANZ branch telling customers it is temporarily closed said, "We are hoping to open by the end of the week".

An ANZ spokesman said the bank was expecting an engineer to inspect its Nelson branch at 248 Trafalgar St and its Motueka branch today. Both would open once they had been given the all-clear. The ANZ's other Nelson branch on Trafalgar St is open.

A BNZ spokesperson said its Motueka branch should open again this afternoon after some ceiling panels were fixed.

The Community Groups Centre on Halifax St, which is closed, has 18 organisations working from there.

The building is owned by the Canterbury Community Trust and chief executive Louise Edwards said each organisation had different needs and could relocate or work from home. For some, because it was school holidays the closure did not have as big an impact as it might have.

However, there was pressure on the engineer to get the assessment done as soon as possible.

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