The owners of Douglas village shopping centre in Cork have said they are on schedule to reopen on 12 November.

The centre has been closed since a fire caused millions worth of damage a year ago today.

The fire at Douglas Village shopping centre broke out in the multi-storey car park, took hold in minutes and caused damage estimated by its owners at more than €30 million.

The centre was shut down, putting many of the traders who ran the 46 retail units there out of business.

Vicki Creber says her business at the itso me clothing boutique was wiped out.

Ms Creber told RTÉ News: "I have been closed for 12 months today. My business was completely wiped out -- gone.

"The impact from a physical point of view, from a mental point of view, it's just been harrowing."

Ms Creber and her fellow traders at the centre never imagined that just a few months after the fire, they would then have to deal with the fallout of the coronavirus pandemic, and the lockdown it brought, delaying plans to rebuild and re-open the centre further.

She said: "To have a fire and a pandemic within the space of a few months has been exceptionally difficult.

"Previous to the pandemic, we were making plans to get back in and get trading. We were working towards that but, obviously, what happened in March threw a huge spanner in the works."

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Another trader, Leonard Higgins said he and his team from Leonard Hair and Beauty were accommodated at the nearby Chocolate hair and beauty salon on Maryborough Hill, just outside Douglas Village.

Mr Higgins says he is looking forward to getting back when the centre reopens.

The centre's owners say it is on schedule to reopen in November, with all the main tenants, including Tesco, Marks and Spencer and TK Maxx all signed up to return.

Douglas Village Shopping Centre General Manager, Bartosz Mieszala, said: "On 12 November, we will be happy to welcome our customers back.

"This Christmas will be different to all the other Christmasses we have had before."

The fire is also the subject of separate civil proceedings at the Commercial Court, with the shopping centre owners suing for more than €30 million in damages.

Those proceedings are not expected to affect the plan for reopening in November.