Makro’s Springfield store officially re-opened on Tuesday, five months after it was torched during the July unrest.
Massmart CEO, Mitch Slape and Makro Springfield general manager, Sue-Anne Jones, officially opened the doors yesterday morning. The store has been a part of Durban for over 30 years and employs thousands of people. Brett Cumings, Makro’s regional operations executive said it was a mammoth task to rebuild the store.
He said the employees who were redeployed to other stores in the KwaZulu-Natal were happy to return.
The Springfield choir sang the anthem for the opening and the first customer received a R5 000 shopping voucher. “We really thank the community for all of the support that we received. Some people even offered to assist us with cleaning up the store after it all happened.
“Because of how hazardous it was, we could not allow that,” said Cumings, adding they can now enjoy an even better shopping experience.