A mysterious safety issue in the Mullumbimby Woolworths carpark forced the store to close for around two hours yesterday afternoon, much to the consternation of locals trying to do their grocery shopping.
The store was closed at around 4pm with engineers barricading up the entrance to the carpark and turning away customers trying to pull in.
The cause of the closure appears to have been a structural issue in the back corner of the carpark near the BWS bottle shop. This area had been taped off for a couple of days prior to the closure.
A Woolworths spokesperson said the store had ‘taken the decision to temporarily close the Mullumbimby Woolworths supermarket while we undertake some testing to ensure the structural integrity of the carpark’.
‘We apologise for the inconvenience this is causing our customers,’ the spokesperson said.
‘The safety of our team and customers is of utmost importance.’
The spokesperson said the store was expected to re-open later in he evening.
The brief closure created traffic chaos at the store’s Station St entrance with cars having to pull out of the turning lane into moving traffic.