Things have been getting a bit tight in the St John op shop.
St John will replace its opportunity shop in Mangawhai with a brand-new building on the same site on Moir Street.
It is anticipated that site works will start next month and continue over winter, with the removal of current buildings followed by the construction of the new store. Completion is anticipated in November.
St John Bream Bay area committee area member Bart de Ruiter says the new store will provide more space for sorting and storing donations.
“After running the store successfully for several years from the current establishment, compliance issues have resulted in the tough investment decision to replace the old building, which is essentially a residential house,” he says.
“Unfortunately, a suitable alternative site to trade from has not been found, so the store will be closed for this period, although a pop-up presence at local markets remains a possibility,” Mr de Ruiter says.
“St John would like to thank all our donors, customers, and paid and volunteer staff for their support over the years, and we look forward to welcoming everyone into our new building before the end of the year.”
The St John store was initially set up to raise funds for the new Mangawhai ambulance station and continues to support the charitable health service St John provides locally.