Dimmeys on Bourbong Street could be closed for up to a month and faces losses of $200,000 after a burst water pipe shut down the store.
Dimmeys on Bourbong Street could be closed for up to a month and faces losses of $200,000 after a burst water pipe shut down the store. Rob Barich

Water leak shuts store for weeks

A BURST pipe at Dimmeys could see one of Bourbong Street’s most prominent shops closed for a month, losing hundreds of thousands of dollars in trade and cutting wages for more than a dozen staff.

Dimmeys regional manager James Bradshaw said the burst pipe on January 24 sent thousands of litres of water pouring into the shop floor, rising up to 60cm deep in places.

He said the leak had caused disastrous damage.

“The floor and some of the walls will need extensive repairs, and the stock will need to be replaced,” he said.

“As we clear up the store, we keep finding more water damage.”

A sign at the Bourbong Street shop says it will be “closed until further notice”, causing consternation among regular Dimmeys customers, while a large hole in the floor and fallen shelves were clearly visible despite paper plastered over the windows.

As well as the cost of repairs, which will be covered by insurance, Mr Bradshaw said the company expected to lose a fortune in sales while the store was closed.

“We stand to lose at least $200,000 to $300,000 in revenue,” he said.

“Tradies have started work but it’s too early to tell how long it could take.

“But it will be a minimum of three weeks or a month.”

The store has about 15 employees, who are helping with the clean-up effort.

“A lot of them are casual employees and they can’t work their usual hours, but some are helping as we start to rebuild the store,” Mr Bradshaw said.

He said the faulty pipe was about two metres underground, making repairs more difficult.

“I understand that it was part of a fire hydrant system,” he said.

“It’s a very old building, but we do regular maintenance.”



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