Friday 6 May 2011

9am [0900] Friday 6 May: Auckland, New Zealand: The tornado that struck the Albany region on Tuesday 3 May 2011 impacted the western end of the Westfield Albany shopping Centre.

The Centre was closed only for the morning of Wednesday 4 May to enable all final life safety checks and engineering inspections to be carried out.

12 noon Wednesday 4 May: The eastern end of the centre, which contains some 82 retail stores – including New World, Kmart and the Foodcourt opened for trade. Carpark areas also opened for customer use.

Thursday 5 May: Event Cinemas re-opened.

Friday 6 May: Further stores at the western end’ of the mall have re-opened bringing to the total number of stores to 110 open at the centre [75%].

Sunday 8 May: We anticipate re-opening level one [lower level] stores with the exception of Farmers. This will bring the total number of stores to some 90 % of the centre having re-opened.

Farmers and a small number of stores on the upper level remain closed.

Westfield has worked closely with its retailers to re-open Westfield Albany to the public. The centre is a place of employment and livelihood for many. Therefore, it was important the centre re-opened in a safe and efficient manner.

Mr Justin Lynch, Director
Westfield New Zealand


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Westfield has assets in New Zealand worth NZ$3 billion. The Group manages shopping centres in all major urban areas, including nine in Auckland, the country’s economic heart and most populous city. Westfield New Zealand’s 12 shopping centres in New Zealandin the 2010 actual year attractedmore than84million visits.