Langney Shopping Centre will finally open its door this morning (June 21).
After six long months, repairs to the roof of the centre are complete and shops are starting to move back in.
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.
There has been frustration from local businesses and there is an ongoing battle over the rent. Businesses have been charged rent for the six months the centre has been closed, despite not being able to trade. The Herald understand the businesses have refused to pay and are working together to fight against the charges.
Work started on the roof in April and each shop unit has undergone strengthening work to ensure the building is safe.
The agents for the owner London and Associated Management Services (LAMS) had previously said the centre would re-open on Wednesday (June 19) but the doors remained closed.
Some shoppers who went down to the centre said they were disappointed not to see it open.
The Burr family, who live on the seafront but favour Langney shops to the town centre, said they had come to the centre specially for the re-opening.
Paula Burr said, “We couldn’t get in, so we are disappointed.
“We can’t wait till it is back up and running because it is such a handy place to shop.
“The parking is free and people can spend all day at the centre if they want to.”
While the final works were completed on Wednesday and Thursday, some shops on the outer edges of the shopping mall had opened for business.
Your Move estate agents is one of five to be open this week.
Carolyn Peters, from the office, said, “We are delighted to be back and serving our community.”
Betfred, Ladbrokes and Dominos Pizza have also reopened.
Popular restaurant Picasso Express was also doing a roaring trade on Wednesday lunchtime.
Sophie El-Hspa from the Italian restaurant said, “ We are really happy to be back. It has been a long six months.”
The shops will open gradually.
Boots is expected to be back in today (June 21), Age Concern tomorrow (June 22) and Barclays Bank on Monday (June 25). See a full list (right).
Other shops are carrying out further work in the stores. M&Co was drying out the floor of its unit before laying new floor tiles on Wednesday and Family Bargains are working to re-open next week.
Tesco is also using the opportunity to refurbish its Langney store and will be one of the last to open on July 12.