Blue door on the move
The Blue Door will move into the old Guthrie Bowron premises on Seymour St, in Blenheim, next year.
The second-hand store will take over the lease from February 1.
Blue Door manager Bronwen Demmocks hinted at the move on Facebook on Tuesday morning, posting a close-up picture of the store's new home, saying "Okay customers and friends of The Blue Door - this is a clue to what is happening with us next year!!"
Ms Demmocks confirmed the move later in the day.
She said it was an exciting time for the Blue Door, which had been at its Charles St location since 2001.
She expected the new shop, attached to the Blenheim Masonic Centre, to be up and running at the beginning of March.
"The [Charles St] lease runs until the end of February so that gives us four weeks to move and set up."
The new site had a huge showroom but less storage, which meant more items on display, Ms Demmocks said.
"This is what we have needed for quite a while. The people of Marlborough are incredibly generous with their donations. And facing out onto Seymour St will give us a larger profile. I think some people don't realise we are around the corner."
The new store would not be as cold in winter, Ms Demmocks said.
"We have to have the front and back doors open [here] all the time and it can get very cold. It will be a lot more pleasant for our wonderful volunteers and customers."
The Seymour St site would still have a car park for donors to drop off goods.
The Marlborough Primary Health Organisation had been interested in leasing the old Guthrie Bowron site. Chief executive Beth Tester said she was disappointed, but they would continue to look for other premises.
Masonic Properties Blenheim Ltd chairman Max Currie said he was pleased to have a new tenant organised.
"At this present time . . . with so much empty space in town it was a bit of a worry," he said.
"We were very happy to be in a situation where we could consider several options and I think the Blue Door will be a good fit for us."
- The Marlborough Express