Op shop out of hiding

16:00, Nov 24 2009
Mercy Hospice
STREET SIDE: Mercy Hospice project manager Sarah Perry, left, and store manager Amanda Killick are excited about the location of the new Mercy Hospice Ellerslie shop.

You no longer need a map to find the Mercy Hospice shop in Ellerslie.

It’s moved out on to the street and the bright signs are hard to miss.

Store manager Amanda Killick says a lot of people didn’t know where the old shop was because it was hidden behind other businesses on Main Highway.

"The location was good, but we had maxed out the client base," she says.

She believes the shop would have sold more if they had street frontage. The new shop, which is the largest of the five Mercy Hospice shops in Auckland, has been relocated across the road to 188 Ladies Mile.

Mercy Hospice Ellerslie now sells electrical goods and furniture, as well as clothing, home-ware and much more.

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"We are always looking for more good quality products," says Mercy Hospice Auckland project manager Sarah Perry.

"People come because they are supporting the shop, because the prices are excellent and because the shop is fantastic."

Mrs Perry believes the new shop will bring more people, especially because a free car park is just across the road.

Mercy Hospice Auckland’s chief executive officer Jan Nichols says the hospice shops offer a way for people to give back to a very special service.

"We currently need to raise more than $2 million net each year to keep our community and inpatient services operating."

She says the shops also help Mercy Hospice connect with the community in a positive way.

The new Mercy Hospice Ellerslie shop at 188 Ladies Mile opened for business on Monday.

East And Bays Courier