Kaikoura Op Shop moves next door

The Kaikoura Community Op Shop has been such a success it has moved to a bigger shop next door.
PIPPA BROWN

The Kaikoura Community Op Shop has been such a success it has moved to a bigger shop next door.

The new Kaikoura Community Op Shop opened last week to great fanfare and the sounds of bagpipes. 

The success of the business meant it had to move to bigger premises next door.

Kaikoura Mayor Winston Gray cut the ribbon and said the shop and its "passion-driven team" needed to be congratulated.

Kaikoura Op Shop volunteer Nancy McPherson, left, Mayor Winston Gray and shop co-ordinator Lynda Scott at the opening of ...
PIPPA BROWN

Kaikoura Op Shop volunteer Nancy McPherson, left, Mayor Winston Gray and shop co-ordinator Lynda Scott at the opening of the new and bigger Kaikoura Community Op Shop last week.

"The Op Shop is so important to the community," he said.

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"We get a lot of support through our town and this has done a lot for our community."  

Since it opened two-and-a-half years ago the shop had become an important space both for volunteers and the community, as well as a focus for larger fundraising projects. 

Recently $100,000 was gifted towards the dining room in the new hospital and an additional $45,000 would go towards landscaping the long-term residents deck. 

Shop co-ordinator Lynda Scott said they were on to the next project helping St John Ambulance finance the building of a new ambulance station. 

The new shop area meant the 30 volunteers had a larger space to store and sort, and a roomy airy shop with more goods on the shelves. 

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"There have been massive amounts of volunteer time and effort put into turning the new area from a dowdy, run down area into a shop we can be proud of," Scott said. 

"The shop has provided a community hub for volunteers to meet and socialise, which has been particularly important since the earthquake."

The shop was looking for more volunteers to help out for a few hours each week.

Donations of good quality clean clothing, books, linen and bric-a-brac were welcome. 

Contact Nancy McPherson on (03) 319 3310 for more information.

 - The Marlborough Express

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