First Temporary Rangiora shop is Open

Graeme Smith’s Unichem Pharmacy was opened for business in the new temporary hub outside the council building in Rangora yesterday.

Graeme has been operating out of the back of his old shop since the building he was in was closed as a dangerous earthquake risk.  That’s the one with containers protecting us as we walk or drive past.

The council has decided to build the temporary shopping village (hub?, mall?) to keep businesses in High Street so keep the the foot traffic up as much as we can.  We can’t have the centre of the town dying.

Not much seems to be happening with the closed buildings – frustrating for both the Council and the community.  It appears that the hold ups are being caused by disagreements between building owners and insurance companies. If they don’t sort themselves soon, we will be looking at what powers CERA might choose to use.

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