Fronhofer Galeria Centre still closed after floods

Bonn · The Fronhofer Galeria, which was badly damaged in storms on June 4, will remain closed for longer than expected.

Although it was said a short time ago that the businesses in the Fronhofer Galeria would reopen in October, centre manager Anke Opfermann cannot give any firm date.

Those renting offices have already moved in, works have been going at full pace but there is still no official sign off. An opening date is therefore: “not yet in sight.” The dm drugstore is more specific: “Precisely when we can celebrate the reopening is still not certain. We are not counting on it being before the end of the year,” said Martina Bender, head of dm in Bad Godesberg. The drugstore premises in the Fronhofer Galeria have been handed back to the tenant. “He is now working on drying out and repairing the floors and walls,” said Bender.

“At the moment in the Fronhofer Galeria, renovation and drying works organised by the centre are being carried out,” said Johanna Pistor from Deichmann. They are coordinating closely with the centre management. How the works will progress depends on several factors, according to Pistor, such as the issue of an expert report.

This uncertainty means it is unclear when building works can begin in the shops. “Therefore we also can’t yet give a reopening date.” Arndt Liedtke from Tchibo said they were working flat out on repairs but: “At the moment we unfortunately can’t give any information about the reopening because it is still not clear how long the works will go on.” For the same reasons, H&M spokeswoman Anna-Kathrin Bünger also cannot say when customers will be able to shop again.

Raimund Himmrich from Optik is cautiously optimistic: “We are assuming we can reopen in October.” The hot weather may also now help to dry the floors more quickly. “As soon as we are given the go-ahead, we’ll need about two and a half weeks to get the shop ready. We are also at the Fronhof every two or three days. We are ready to act as soon as we get the signal from the centre,” said Himmrich. (Orig. text: Ayla Jacob; translated by Kate Carey.)

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