High Street video store reopens

6:15 pm on 20 March 2012

A Christchurch institution, the video store Alice in Videoland, reopened on Saturday for the first time since the earthquake of 22 February last year.

The High Street shop - the second central-city business to reopen, after Ballantynes department store - is surrounded by cordoned-off buildings and demolition sites.

Alice in Videoland director Jeremy Stewart says the store is in a former post office built following the Napier earthquake in the 1930s and it's one of the sturdiest buildings in the city.

A cafe is due to open on the ground floor of the building in May and there are plans for a 39-seat theatre.

Mr Stewart says the reopening represents a slice of normality for people and shows the store's commitment to the CBD.