Kiwi fish and chip shop battered by blaze on Gold Coast

A New Zealand fish and chip shop on the Gold Coast has just got back on its feet after being gutted by a fire. Now it's facing a new challenge.

The February blaze put Kiwi Fish N Chips' Carrara branch out of action for more than a month.

"It was pretty devastating, even for the local people that live here," says manager Sonya Horua. "We'd established a good lot of people that were coming quite often."

Kiwi Fish 'N' Chips has three shops on the Gold Coast. This is its Carrara one shortly after the fire happened.
Kiwi Fish 'N' Chips has three shops on the Gold Coast. This is its Carrara one shortly after the fire happened. Photo credit: Kiwi Fish 'N' Chips/Facebook

Ms Horua, originally from Hawke's Bay, says the shop had a fault with one of its machines, and that started the fire. Fortunately, no one was injured.

"The first thing you'd notice when you came through the door [was] the smell of burning plastic.

"You could be in here for five minutes and walk out, and you could smell it for days. Everything was just black, melted."

Damage at Carrara's Kiwi Fish 'N' Chips after fire
The shop's manager says the fire "took over and gutted the place". Photo credit: Kiwi Fish 'N' Chips

After weeks of hard work from the company's Kiwi owners and tradies, the shop managed to reopen in time for Easter and the Commonwealth Games.

It's located around 500m down the road from Carrara Stadium, where the event's opening ceremony was held on Wednesday night.

While Ms Horua is all for the Games, early signs suggest it hadn't brought the big boom in business she thought they'd get; in fact it's been quite the opposite.

Last-minute changes to road closures in the area mean it's difficult for many customers to pop in, says Ms Horua.

"People want easy and convenient... that's what we pride ourselves on. Unfortunately, we can't deliver that right now because [of] road closures."

The Commonwealth Games run through to April 15.

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