Canty Spark stores close
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.