Fire threatens summer trading

Posted at 10:30am Thursday 19 Nov, 2020

Businesses are still waiting to hear when they may be able to reopen this summer following the fire on October 1 that closed their premises.

Three businesses were affected – The Biltong & Braii Shop, Ōrewa Bakery and the The Real Food Kitchen.

While The Real Food Kitchen has plans to relocate, the other two are in limbo, waiting to reopen.

Owner of Biltong & Braii, Conrad Muller, and Ōrewa Bakery co-owner Ty Ling say repairs could take up to six months, which would mean they are not able to operate over the busy summer period.

Fire and Emergency investigators found that the fire was caused by an electrical fault in the roof above Biltong & Braii. No one was hurt in the fire.

Conrad says the ceiling in his shop subsided and all the meat stored there, ready for sale at Ōrewa Farmers market, was smoke or water damaged, along with machinery.

“Ōrewa Bakery makes buns for our sausages and they lost 300-400 buns,” Conrad says.

Biltong & Braii opened in July, two weeks before the Level 3 lockdown. Two months after it re-started, the fire happened.

Conrad says they are keen to come back because they believe in the business and enjoy feeling part of the community.

Ōrewa Bakery owners Ty and Anna Ling are also desperate to get back into their shop.

Ty says in the meantime it's a struggle, with the couple looking for other jobs to plug the gap.
“We had suffered during lockdown and then this,” Ty says.

He is worried at the possibility that repairs could take several months.

“We were told we might be able to open temporarily in the same place while the work is done, but nothing has been confirmed yet,” he says.

“We would struggle to keep going if the store can't open for six months.”

Destination Ōrewa Beach started a Give a Little Page to help the Biltong & Braii and Ōrewa Bakery owners get back on their feet (because they have other plans, The Real Food Kitchen declined to be part of this fundraiser).

Donations can be made until November 23 at givealittle.co.nz/cause/helping-hands


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