A BUSINESS forced to close when a car smashed through its window has now reopened.
The owners of The Junction antiques store, on the corner of St Vincent Road and Victoria Road South, Southsea, were left devastated when a car ploughed into the front of their shop, destroying valuable stock.
Antiques worth thousands of pounds and dating back to the 1800s were crushed when a Volvo crashed into the store in April this year.
But now the shop is repaired and is finally open for business.
Owner Steve Ayub, 49, of Wilton Terrace, Southsea, said: ‘We have been closed for three months and have had a loss in income.
‘A lot of it has been claimed on the insurance, but at the moment we’re still waiting on the payment to come through.
‘On the first day of opening we took £1,000 – so it makes us realise how much money we’ve lost being closed for so long. And we’ve had a lot of people come to us saying they’re glad we’re open again, which is reassuring.’
The crash on April 29 destroyed around £3,000 of stock and the cost of repairs to the shop ran into thousands of pounds.
Steve, along with wife Helen, had been celebrating the royal wedding when they were called by police to be told about the incident.
They counted themselves lucky that they weren’t in the store at the time.
Among the damaged items were a Regency chair, which dated back to 1810, and a Victorian mirror, that was worth around £100.
Building repairs alone have cost the couple £20,000.
‘It’s a shame we have lost three months,’ added Steve.
‘We have spent £20,000 repairing the shop – that’s not even counting the stock loss.
‘We had a very good sense of what stock could be kept, but some of it had been totally destroyed.
‘But it has given us a chance to get a website up and running and get a new sign put up.’
The store is open from 11am to 3pm on Saturdays but a number is provided on the door for people to call if they are interested in an item at any other time.
Steve said: ‘We live close by and a lot of our trade is from people passing, seeing something they like and calling us, so we can come and open the store.’