Demolition started today at Queensgate Shopping Centre, damaged by the 7.8 Kaikoura quake, with work taking at least two months to complete. If there are no weather interruptions, it is likely New World Hutt City store will reopen before Christmas.
“The demolition team will work as quickly as possible without compromising their safety or the safety of others,” said Tony Stallinger, Council’s chief executive.
Over 80 retail outlets reopened on Friday 25 November, as that area of the mall was assessed structurally sound. All retail outlets that are located within the cordon around the affected building will remain closed until after demolition.