The managers of a £200m out-of-town shopping centre, which closed over safety fears, say a phased reopening of the car park will begin on 19 December.
The centre opened in 2003 and has 40 stores
Health and safety issues with the 3,000-space car park at the Castlepoint Centre in Bournemouth forced the closure of the entire centre last week.
The Castlepoint partnership said 1,000 spaces will initially be available.
It will announce which shops will be open once a consultation with retailers has taken place.
Thursday's closure was the third since the centre opened two years ago.
In May, the lower level of the car park was closed for three weeks when concrete fell from the roof, and in 2003 concerns about the car park closed the B&Q store.