MUMS with back to school essentials on their mind pushed trolleys with singular purpose as Country Target reopened its doors on Saturday.
“Socks and jocks, there’s nowhere else to get them, so thank God,” said one mother with young children in tow.
Just one of the stores stranded when Centro’s Village Plaza shopping centre was flooded in Emerald, Country Target lived up to its name, moving to new premises on Cotton View Road and eschewing its former congenial shopping surrounds for a series of industrial warehouses.
“It was all done in six days,” a corporate spokesperson said.
Walls were knocked out to link the warehouses, leased from businessman Mal Pratt, with plans to install 14 air-conditioners for consumer comfort.
“We’re going to be here for three or four months, maybe longer,” the spokesperson said.
He added council approval to expand the store, granted late last year, would result in a new-look, bigger store reopening in the Centro complex.
The Central Highlands Regional Council is attempting to relocate some of the other stores ready to resume trading. Centro is pushing ahead with a refit of the centre, having sourced building materials in short supply.
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