After six months, Langney Shopping Centre has re-opened its doors.
Repair works to the roof in the main part of the centre are complete and the doors opened on Friday morning (June 21).
Your Move, Ladbrokes, Betfred, Dominoes, Picasso Express, Age Concern, Boots and Barclays are all now open. Other shops will open gradually and it hoped all shops will be back up and running by mid-July.
This comes after the roof caved in four days before Christmas and the people of Langney were left without a shopping centre and many without jobs.
Work started on the roof in April and each shop unit has undergone strengthening to ensure the building is safe.
Nerys Williams, manager of Direct Optical, has been operating from a temporary unit in the car park. Work has started to re-enforce their unit inside and they hope to be back soon.
She said, “We are really looking forward to getting back inside as soon as possible.
“I hope, when everyone is back, there will be a big event to let everyone know we are here.”
All but four shops will re-open. Peacocks, Whole and Healthy, the hardware store and Shoe Zone will not return.
A list of the majority of shops can be found in last Friday’s Herald (June 21).
In addition, The Langney Restaurant has now been in touch with the Gazette to say it will re-open on July 12. The Post Office will also return before mid-July.
The opening of the centre has been welcomed by the town’s MP Stephen Lloyd.
He said, “Langney people are waiting to get their community shopping centre fully functioning again, and we all look forward to the proposed modernisation works.”
Langney Cllr Alan Shuttleworth said he was delighted that the centre is starting to re-open.
In the past he has been critical of the company which manages the centre for failing to provide information.
Cllr Shuttleworth said “People also need to be informed about the roof engineers’ findings as to the cause of the collapse.”