Covid blamed for more business closures

Orewa and Whangaparaoa have again been hit by business closures, following the closure of three Orewa businesses and one each in Silverdale and Whangaparaoa last month (HM May 20).

Flight Centre has permanently closed its Whangaparaoa and Orewa stores, which a spokesperson says is due to the impact of the Covid-19 lockdown. Its branch in Silverdale remains open. The company closed 58 of its more than 130 retail stores following the lockdown.

Orewa's Copper Spoon café has also closed.

Meanwhile, Westpac Bank in Whangaparaoa has begun consulting its staff on a proposal to close that branch. “The proposed change is due to an increasing number of customers doing their banking on computers or mobile devices. This trend only increased during our recent lockdown,” a Westpac NZ spokesperson says. Its employees will be “relocated to nearby full-service branches”. This proposed closure would leave Silverdale as the only local Westpac branch.

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