Shop family on hold
WHITSUNDAY Shopping Centre management hasn’t yet let Kim Andrews back into her shop after Sunday night’s fire.
She has seen the photos taken by insurance investigators so she understands exactly why – there is nothing left.
Urban Village was one of nine businesses engulfed by the inferno that mercilessly destroyed everything in its path three days ago.
“The whole place is incinerated. There is no other way to put it. It’s dust. There is nothing left” she said.
“Sharon and I are just devastated. We haven’t just lost our livelihood, we have lost everything.”
The silver lining – or as Kim put it, “the rainbow after the rain” – was that the business was fully insured.
Kim said she expected it to be some time before her business was up and running again in the Whitsunday Shopping Centre.
But she said the shopping centre management had been doing everything possible to restore a sense of normality.
“Everyone is behind our businesses and they do need to be congratulated on what they have done,” she said.
Kim said the businesses operating in the centre were like a family.
“We see these guys every day,” she explained, “whether it’s to get our coffee, we get our hair done, we bank here, we buy our beer here, we buy our groceries here – it’s our shopping centre family.”
DEVASTATED: Owners of Urban Village Homewares Kim Andrews and Sharon McNeill.