The reopening of a quake-hit electrical retail store in central Christchurch is "the last piece of the jigsaw" for the business, its owners say.
Powerstore's Moorhouse Ave store will reopen on Friday, more than 18 months after it was forced out of action on February 22, 2011.
Rick Hellings, managing director of Smiths City Group, which owns the Powerstore brand, said the reopening was "the last piece of the jigsaw" after the quakes. "It's been a long process and a lot of hard work has had to be done, particularly by the landlord."
The company did not have any concerns about returning to the central city and was keen to be involved in the area's recovery.
"To us, it's just a natural part of the rebuild, and we want to be there when it starts to come back into place."
The store would be staffed by most of the 20 employees who had worked there before the quake, he said.
Powerstore salesman Pete Christie, who had his first day at work yesterday after transferring from the Timaru branch, was impressed by the repaired store.
"I came in and had a look on Saturday, and I was just blown away," he said.