Centres opening all hours
AS floodwater started to recede yesterday, shopping centres around waterlogged Ipswich began returning to normal trading hours, allowing residents to restock on basic supplies.
Riverlink Shopping Centre reopened at noon after evacuating 48 hours earlier when water began licking the bottom car park.
“As of 1pm yesterday Coles, Woolworths, Aldi and Target were open for trade and today Kmart will be open as will Westpac bank to cash flood relief cheques,” Riverlink marketing manager Yasmin Chrzescijanski said.
“Other than that we don't know who else will be open – we have advised our retailers that they are now able to trade. We were just waiting for the safety clearance.”
Riverlink's underground car parks are still inaccessible and all elevators and escalators are out of action.
At Booval, Big W and Woolworths opened their doors in the morning for what would be the first full day of trade since Tuesday.
Woolworths media spokesperson Clare Buchanan said 13 stores had been closed across the Ipswich/Brisbane corridor although the Goodna shop was the only one to sustain flood damage.
“We've been very fortunate really that the main issue has been one of isolation rather than inundation,” she said.
“There has been flooding problems with some of our suppliers however, which means bread, milk, poultry and meat in particular will still offer some issues over the next few days.”
Big W meanwhile, whose shelves were stripped bare of butane gas, bottled water, and 6V lantern batteries, was expecting its first restocking deliveries this morning.
Redbank media spokesperson Keryn Lovatt said the Redbank centre remained dry but many shops had closed because access to the area was limited.
“On Tuesday and Wednesday only Collingwood Park residents could really reach us which meant many shops were closed because staff couldn't get in,” she said.
As of today, however, Super IGA and Coles were both open, as was Soul Pattinson chemist for those needing scripts filled.
In and around Ipswich Central, Woolworths in the CBD remains closed because of flooding around the city heart.
Ipswich Coles, which was still partly submerged yesterday, will be closed until further notice.
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