A Kaiapoi supermarket is just days away from reopening more than a year after earthquake damage forced it to close.
The $12 million Kaiapoi New World project, on the same site as the old building on Charles St, will open on December 15.
The original building was severely damaged in the September 2010 quake, causing the supermarket to close and 86 staff to lose their jobs.
Supermarket owners Andrew and Jacqueline Palmer said some former staff had since got new jobs and others had moved out of Kaiapoi.
But, they said they were overwhelmed with job applications, with 870 people vying for just 90 positions advertised in September.
"We have 41 of our former staff back. In fact, nearly every one of our former staff who applied have received jobs.
"We have several staff who lost their homes in the September earthquake and who have already bought another property in Kaiapoi. Getting back to work is just another step forward for them.''
Staff were in training for next Thursday's reopening.