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Countdown Dunedin Central was "quite busy" as of 5pm, a witness said.
A reporter on the scene said she was told the store was having a "soft opening" tonight, and would officially reopen in the morning.
She said there appeared to be quite a few shoppers. A security guard is on the store's door.
The pharmacy is closed until Monday, except for the collection of repeats, a sign on it says.
The in-store bakery and butchery remain closed.
There is also a security guard inside the store and some staff are wearing uniform, while others are in mufti.