River Street Woolworths the morning after it was badly damaged by fire.
River Street Woolworths the morning after it was badly damaged by fire. Jay Cronan

Work continues on Ballina’s River Street Woolworths

BALLINA'S River Street Woolworths store could be trading again as soon as early November - nearly two years after it was closed by a fire.

Page MP Janelle Safffin said Woolworths' head office had told her builders had finished in-ground piles and footings at the building.

"The concrete wall panels will be poured on site and are expected to be erected before the end of April, weather permitting," Ms Saffin said in a statement.

"Most pleasingly, the main construction contractors are using a number of local sub-contractors and the safety record for the site has been impeccable."

Ms Saffin said the Woolworths store was important to traders and shoppers alike on River Street.

Artist's impression of the new River St Woolworths store.
Artist's impression of the new River St Woolworths store.

"A presence in River Street is of strategic importance to Woolworths, but importantly, residents and workers of that area of Ballina will be regaining access to a supermarket," she said.

"The new store will be relied upon by many of the residents of the surrounding area who prefer its easy access and its close proximity.

"The retailers of downtown Ballina should also benefit from the increasing number of shoppers the re-opened Woolworths will bring into the recently refurbished end of River Street. This will make it an attractive shopping and retailing precinct, benefiting local business, residents and visitors."

The store was closed down after it was damaged by a fire in December, 2011.

The fire destroyed more than $1 million worth of stock and the building suffered extensive damage from fire, smoke, and water.

The work being done now aims to entirely replace the building.



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