Salvation Army closes Porirua family store

Last updated 11:22 31/07/2012

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The Salvation Army Family Store in Porirua will close for good this Friday.

Several years of tough economic conditions and a high level of competition from other second-hand shops means the store is no longer profitable at its present location, says Salvation Army Porirua corps officer Chris Collings.

The store is in Selby Pl under the Canopies. Its closure will affect one fulltime employee, three part-time staff and 15 volunteers.

"The closure was a painful decision and a sad event for the Salvation Army, especially for the store's staff," Mr Collings says.

"But it is important Salvation Army funds are directed at providing social services during these difficult economic times and not used to prop a failing business."

Profits generated by Salvation Army Family Stores are invested in services in the local community.

Community services will continue to operate from Community Ministries centre in Warspite Ave.

These include budgeting, food bank, social work, counselling and parenting courses. Clothing, furniture and other goods can be bought and donated at stores in Tawa and Plimmerton.

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