28 February 2011

CHRISTCHURCH: Westfield Riccarton has completed its safety checks and retailers are now able to re-open their stores in a staged manner.

Justin Lynch, Director, Westfield New Zealand said: “Westfield Riccarton has undergone extensive structural checks by independent structural engineers as well as full checks on the safety systems throughout the building”.

“The building has achieved the Building Safety certification i.e. “Green Sticker” and retailers on the ground level of the centre are able to open for trade from 12 noon, Mon 28 Feb 2011.

“We are cognisant that staff and retailers are also coping with their own personal and family issues following the earthquake and need time focus on those. Accordingly the centre is being made available for our retailers to commence trade in a staged approach.

“We extend our thoughts to our staff, retailers and their staff and the people of Christchurch whohave been affected by the earthquake”, said Mr Lynch.

PAK’nSAVE commenced trading on Friday 25 February and Kmart on Saturday 26 February, 2011. From midday today,28 February, the centre will be re-opened to the public in stages, commencing with the ground floor. We anticipate Rotherham Street and Level One of the centre will re-open mid to late this week.

We will continue to provide updates as information comes to hand.

Customers can view updates on our shoppers’ website http://westfield.co.nz/riccarton/ or by contacting the centre’s direct line on 03 983 4500.\n\n

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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.