Payout call spells end of pie cart
The dream of rebuilding the Alexandra pie cart, gutted by fire in May, is over for the cart's owners, Lynne Giles and Trevor Lyons.
The couple were this week told by their insurance company that it would not pay for a rebuild.
"We're gutted. We are gutted for the town. It wasn't just about us," Ms Giles said.
The cart was burnt on May 12 after the deep fryer on board exploded because of an electrical fault.
It was hoped the insurance company would agree to rebuild the cart, but it had not. It would instead make an insurance payment, Ms Giles said.
She was unaware how much the payout would be, but had been told it would be less than what the cart was insured for because of depreciation.
A rebuild would far exceed such a payout and the shortfall would be too much for them to build another cart out of their own pockets, she said. It had been a hard decision, but even if they did rebuild the cart, it would still not be ready for summer trade, the most important time of the year.
The lease for the site still had 4 years left, so it was possible someone else could replace it.
"Unfortunately, it won't be us."
The Southland Times