Brian Bell opens in Lae

The mammoth Brian Bell Home Centre in Lae, Morobe Province, was opened last night.

Morobe Governor Kasiga Kelly Naru was the official guest who cut the ribbon with three other senior employees, witnessed by the business communities and stakeholders.

"I congratulate Brian Bell for the business confidence it has in Lae with the mammoth store. Lae is the business hub and that is the reason why Brian Bell rose from the ashes," Naru said.

Three senior employees were invited to cut the ribbon with the Governor.

Ume Ahi, Julie Usatwen and Sheila Gori served more than 20 years each with Brian Bell.

Ahi said he was honoured to cut the ribbon with the Governor and two of his other staff members.

The old store, which was opened in 2003, was gutted by fire in 2013 and for the last two years, it was without its home centre until last night.

The bottom floor is Brian Bell's department store while the top floor is rented out to other businesses, including BSP Small and Medium Enterprises (SME), ATM, Fone Haus and others.

A mini bar and a restaurant are also located upstairs.

The shop opened to the public today (Nov 15).

(Long-serving staff members, Sheila Gori, left, Ume Ahi and Julie Usatwen, cutting the ribbon with Morobe Governor Kelly Naru last night.)

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