A Katikati supermarket is closed for business following reports construction work on the building is causing people to become ill.
Countdown on Main Road in Katikati closed on Wednesday and is closed again today as a precautionary measure after receiving reports of illness from the odours of new flooring being laid in the building.
Countdown on Main Road in Katikati is closed.
Countdown’s owner Progressive Enterprises communications manager Luke Schepen says the supermarket closed on Wednesday as precaution.
“We closed yesterday because of issues with the construction with our new store.
“We are laying down the new flooring in the new store and we have reports of odours and illness in the existing store.”
Luke says the decision to immediately close is a “precaution”.
“At the moment we are carrying out the safety inspections to understand if there are any safety concerns.
“The store is closed as a precautionary measure at the moment so we can take those steps.”
The closure is expected to have a “major” impact on residents.
Katikati resident Kerri Wheeler heard about the closure when visiting the Four Square at about 6.30pm on Wednesday.
“Someone told me it had closed, then opened, and closed again. I have been told that it will be closed for the next couple of days.
“The closure will have a big effect on people, especially the elderly community as they will have to travel to Waihi or Bethlehem and with the cost of petrol these days - that will add to the cost.”
Progressive Enterprises are meeting today to discuss how long the building will be closed.
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