By SHELLEY TOPP
Rangiora Eyecare Optometrists staff moved into their new building in time for opening last Monday.
The new purpose-built premises on the corner of Ashley and High streets replaces the old building on that site which was demolished.
The earthquake strengthening needed to preserve it had proved “phenomenally expensive”.
During construction, Rangiora Eyecare owners Dave Ambrosius, Sally Hicks, Gavin Lam and Kimberley Shea moved their business to temporary premises in Alfred St.
The optometrist business was originally established by the building’s owners, Marian and Michael Brown, of Loburn, who have now both retired.
The couple worked hard to make the site attractive. There is a large rose garden and seating in front of the Ashley St entrance.
Large external murals by Christchurch artist Joel Hart – a feature of the old building facing Ashley St – have also been incorporated in the design of the new building.
Although the new premises are now open for business, its official opening will be on Friday, May 17.