Fairfield Gardens Shopping Centre opened its doors to many excited customers today.
It’s taken four and a half months, and millions of dollars to recover from flood damage.
Stephanie Scott reports.
The sign says it all.
This popular community hub is back in business
The devastating January floods left the centre ruined
Nicole Johnston, Councillor for Tennyson: “At the time it was the mud and smell that was so devastating. It coated everything, most of the traders lost all their goods.”
There was a huge turn-out as retailers and customers celebrated the re-opening.
It was touch and go at times for store owners
Elaine Wilkey, Shop-owner: “Well we were really close to just closing up and walking away but that’s a huge investment to walk away from.”
She says it was the community spirit that helped them move forward.
Many stores welcomed back familiar faces
Hai Cao, Shop-owner: “All our customers come back to see us and say hello to us and we very, very happy.”
Coles has undertaken a $10 million fit-out.
Customers checked out the the new layout and visited old favourites.
Alison Gierke, Customer: “We were’nt sure which stores were coming back. It’s lovely today to see all our favourites have re-opened.”
Many eager to make their first purchases.
Thirty out of the 33 retailers have returned to Fairfield Gardens.
Today is a milestone in the journey of recovery for the centre and the community.
Stephanie Scott, QUT News.