Rain delays store opening

DESPITE more than 200mm of rain falling in Ballina over the past week, liquor giant Dan Murphy’s is confident that construction of its new store will not be delayed too much.

The outlet, which is being built next to the Westower Tavern on the Pacific Highway, should be open to the public by Christmas.

Woolworths’ community relations manager, corporate and public affairs, Simon Berger, said the rain had been a bit of a setback.

“We realise that it’s been fairly wet,” he said.

“But we build in a little bit of contingency plan for that kind of thing.

“And because we’ve already got the roof on the building, we don’t think the rain will affect the progress of construction too much.

“Still, the estimated opening date has probably slipped back by a week or so.

“But we are still on track to be open by Christmas.”

The $5.25 million project, which also includes renovations to the tavern, was approved by Ballina Shire Council last December.



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