MEMBERS of the public thinking of shopping at the New World Supermarket located at the Tebara Plaza in Davuilevu will have to shop elsewhere after a late night fire on Saturday completely destroyed the supermarket.
Tebara Halal Meats Limited director Mohammed Feroz said they were now waiting for police and the National Fire Authority to give the green light for all retail outlets renting space at the plaza to resume normal operations.
"This is a big loss for the company," he said.
"The building is not insured and I believe that God has given me this building, he has taken it away and he will give me something better than before.
"It will probably take two to three months to get the shop up and running again.
"We will now have to wait for the damage assessment to be conducted before we can put together how much we have lost in this fire," he said.
Mr Feroz could only shrug his shoulders when asked how he was going to recover from the loss.
"It's a major loss and I have to deal with it. As soon as the police and fire give us the go-ahead sign to start business again we should be able to open all the other shops that were not affected by the fire," he said.
The National Fire Authority yesterday confirmed that the fire had started from the bulk storeroom of the supermarket at about 10:15pm on Saturday.
A security officer on duty at Tebara Plaza told this newspaper that he had called the police post in Nakasi after noticing flames coming from the supermarket.
"I saw the fire start in the top storey where New World Supermarket is and I called police in Nakasi for the fire brigade. The whole of New World had been burnt and the fire extended to where Courts is," said Allied Security officer Suliasi Baleitavea.