Canty Spark stores close

Selwyn and Ashburton Outlook - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS - MATTHEW SAL­MONS

Spark has tem­po­rar­ily closed its Ti­maru and Ash­bur­ton re­tail stores as it un­der­takes a na­tional au­dit on health and safety re­quire­ments.

Spark se­nior com­mu­ni­ca­tions part­ner El­lie Cross said in an email that the re­tail stores at 250 East St in Ash­bur­ton and 239 Stafford St in Ti­maru were closed on Thurs­day.

‘‘Un­for­tu­nately, we’ve iden­ti­fied that these stores do not sat­isfy the Spark pol­icy stan­dard for earth­quake re­siliency, so they have been tem­po­rar­ily closed for the safety of our staff and cus­tomers. Our pol­icy stan­dard is more strin­gent than gov­ern­ment build­ing re­quire­ments, so we are mak­ing these clo­sures by choice rather than by ne­ces­sity.’’

She said Spark apol­o­gised for the in­con­ve­nience caused and the com­pany would con­sider tem­po­rary ac­com­mo­da­tions in the two towns.

The seven Ti­maru and six Ash­bur­ton staff were ‘‘be­ing re­lo­cated where pos­si­ble or be­ing as­signed work that can be com­pleted re­motely’’, Cross said.

Spark would re­main ‘‘ab­so­lutely com­mit­ted to hav­ing a pres­ence in these towns’’, she said. That would be by either re­open­ing the sites once re­me­dial work was com­pleted or by open­ing at a new lo­ca­tion.

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