Sallies have new op shop in city

LOUISE BERWICK
Last updated 12:32 16/08/2013
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Salvation Army captain Annette Bray, right, and opportunity shop manager Mary Allot in their new shop in Yarrow St.

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Before the doors were even officially opened to the Salvation Army's new shop they had sold $300 worth of clothing.

The popular Sallies on Tay opportunity shop has moved, swapping its small shop for a large warehouse in Yarrow St.

The new 700m2 premises may be hard to heat but it's given the organisation a lot more space as their op shop continues to grow.

Salvation Army Invercargill captain Annette Bray said the group had outgrown its Tay St shop and had decided they needed to move several months ago.

But it's a task they hoped to never do again, after weeks of shifting stock, painting, fitting out the shop and organising staff.

Mrs Bray said the community had really helped, with keas and cubs painting and stacking books and a builder donating his labour and time to the organisation.

''That was really, really great.''

While the shift had gone reasonably smoothly, it was a lot bigger than anticipated  and had involved a lot of volunteers, she said.

''It's probably like moving three or four houses, and some.''

The shop had already proved popular and as they shifted stock on Saturday people were already banging on the doors, she said.

The previous Tay St store had been a popular store, but the space was a major issue, she said.

''Now people can actually see the beds, maybe even try them.''

The shop may have changed, but the purpose certainly hadn't.

Funds go back into the community through the Salvation Army food bank and addiction services.

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