Shops reopen after quakes

01:49, Jul 25 2013

Banks and shops that lost three days trading were open again today following seismic assessments of their buildings.

The ANZ Motueka and Trafalgar St branches have reopened this morning.

The Farmers stores in Nelson and Richmond were also open today after reopening yesterday afternoon after engineers finished checking the building’s structure following the weekend’s earthquake.

Farmers Richmond assistant manager Duncan Allen said the company wanted to ensure the structural integrity  of all its buildings was safe for  public use.

Engineers  from Christchurch checked the chain’s Blenheim store on Tuesday.

Staff remained on full pay while the work was done.

Stevens, which is in the same building as the Farmers Homeware store in Bridge St, also reopened yesterday afternoon.

The Community Groups Centre on Halifax St is still closed this morning.

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