Storm damage being repaired at Riverlink Shopping Centre after Sunday's weather.
Storm damage being repaired at Riverlink Shopping Centre after Sunday's weather. Inga Williams

STORM: Riverlink damage worse than first thought

WHILE many stores have reopened since Sunday's destructive storm, a number of Riverlink retailers are still closed for business.

The worst affected areas were in the East Mall of the shopping centre, with shops suffering damage from both the power of the storm and the water it brought with it.

The closure of certain stores mean they will miss out on a significant amount of income over the busy Christmas period.

A Riverlink spokesperson said the water damage was more significant than first thought and caused some electrical issues which were discovered on Monday morning.

"When something like this hits you have to dig in and help the stores who need it. We've got a major team to help get stores back on track," the spokesperson said. 

"The centre is working as hard as possible to help stores reopen.

"Christmas is an important time and unfortunately Mother Nature interfered."

The shops which are still closed include:

  • Specsavers - expected to reopen on December 27
  • Laubman & Pank - management not sure when the store will reopen.
  • Beacon Lighting - to open tomorrow with extended trading hours.
  • Party On - has now reopened


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