Whitsunday Shopping Centre partly reopens after blaze
TWENTY-ONE stores at the Whitsunday Shopping Centre reopened this weekend, following a fire that devastated several businesses on April 3.
Centre manager Theresa Manning said the Cannonvale shopping centre partly reopened to the public at 9am yesterday.
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Ms Manning said the Reject Shop would be temporarily unable to open, along with the nine retailers whose premises were destroyed in the fire.
"We will be working with Reject Shop to ensure they are open as soon as possible," she said.
The cause of the fire, which the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services was alerted to at 7.11pm on Sunday night, is still unknown.
"The Centre would like to express its gratitude to Fire Service QLD and our patrons in their support at what is a difficult time for our retailers," Ms Manning said.
"Whitsundays Shopping Centre looks forward to returning the Centre to its rightful place as the everyone's favourite local centre."
Cherrie Baby Boutique owner Sophie Camm said the past week had been tough.
"That was hard because, obviously, the loss of trade and we still pay wages to our staff," she said.
"I know there's a lot of businesses in the centre that would have really struggled with the loss of trade for a whole week."
MBW On The Barbie owner Karen Rix said it had been tough on them too.
"If we didn't start trading by Tuesday I was going to be looking at taking the money out of my personal account to cover my staff wages because I'm not going to let them down," she said.
"We lost everything out the front of the shop.
"I've still got to pay my bills (and) I've still got to replace my stock."
Stores that have reopened for trade
- Airlie Nails & Spa
- Asian Products on the Go
- Banjo's Chargrill & Bistro
- Body Haven Massage
- Cannonvale News
- Cherrie Baby
- Coles Express
- Eyecare Plus
- Goodness Gracious
- Kazza's Haircuts
- MBW on the Barbie
- Mr Lins Noodle Bar
- The Laundry Mat
- Orange Quote
- Whitsunday Pharmacy
- Yatai Sushi