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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Palms to reopen

Palms to reopen

Last updated 13:13 30/03/2011
The Palms Shopping Centre is set to reopen in stages over the next five months after the facility suffered severe damage in the February 22 earthquake.

The Shirley mall sustained structural and liquefaction damage in the quake, but manager Keryn Ward said the Countdown supermarket and most of the mall's specialty stores are expected to reopen on June 30.

Phase two of the reopening plan, involving the remainder of the speciality stores and Kmart, is expected to be completed mid-July.

Reading Cinema, Arena restaurants and Contours gym should reopen in late July, while the Farmers department store will open in late August.

"Like so many members of our own community, we have been working hard to get back on our feet and plan to re-open The Palms with significant fanfare and celebration," Ward said.

A Market Day will be held on April 9 at nearby Shirley Intermediate School, featuring a number of the mall's retailers.

Ward said the day will provide an opportunity for the community to hear updates from local authorities, while enjoying live music and entertainment, including a Haka performance by Shirley Boys' High School students.

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