Salvation Army to close book shop

SUE FEA IN QUEENSTOWN
Last updated 13:33 21/03/2014
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Salvation Army volunteer Molly Wise, left, and Shaun Barker get ready for the change over in Camp St, Queenstown.

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It's the end of an era and a sign of the times. 

The Salvation Army is closing its popular central Queenstown Christian Bookstore after 11 years to make way for another second-hand clothing store.

Queenstown Lieutenant Shaun Baker said the army was disappointed to close the bookshop, but the internet was to blame for the store now running at a loss.

''People are now buying books and CDs off the internet. We can't financially sustain it. Profits are down,'' Mr Baker said.

More than 90 per cent of newcomers to the district, who walked through the Camp St doors, asked first for a family store, Mr Baker said.

The new store, the fourth for the Wakatipu, would offer fashion and label clothing and shoes similar to those sold at the nationally-renowned Shotover St clothing outlet.

That store, which has even gained international notoriety for the high fashion garments it attracts, would continue to trade.Molly Wise, who had been ''the face of the Salvation Army'' in Queenstown for 10 years, will be staying on as manager of the new Camp St clothing outlet.

''She's the longest serving Salvation Army employee in the South Island. Molly's strength is her interaction with customers. Many come to the shop just for a chat with Molly,'' Mr Baker said.

 

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