Shops damaged in fire in car park of Willow Place in Corby re-open

The damage caused by the fire in the Willow Place shopping centre in Corby, pictured the morning after the blaze
The damage caused by the fire in the Willow Place shopping centre in Corby, pictured the morning after the blaze

The three shops most badly affected by the fire at the Willow Place Shopping Centre have re-opened.

Burton, Dorothy Perkins and Evans suffered smoke damage when fire broke out at the multi-storey car park in Corby town centre on Tuesday, December 30.

The three shops, which are all part of the Arcadia Group, held sales of smoke-damaged stock after the event before closing for repair work.

Dorothy Perkins store manager Caroline Holdsworth said: “We’re sorry for any inconvenience caused to our customers. And I’d like to say a huge thank-you to all the team for getting the store up and running again.”

Town centre manager Dan Pickard said: “The shops have been working together with my team to make sure they could return to normal as quickly as possible.

“Arcadia group, which owns the three shops, has been dynamic and helpful and I’ve been extremely impressed with how they’ve turned things around.

“The shop staff have been exceptional and have gone above and beyond.”

The leader of Corby Council, Cllr Tom Beattie, said: “We are very pleased to hear that these shops are going to be back up and running this week.

“It has obviously been a difficult time and everyone involved has done an amazing job to ensure they are back in business as soon as possible.”

Fire investigators are looking into the cause of the fire and police have arrested seven people in connection with the incident, which happened in the early evening.