127 Vogel St Superstore Celebrates First Birthday
And there was no disappointment on the day with the store, situated in the heart of the historical warehouse precinct, delivering on all fronts – great second-hand goods, great prices and a fabulous new space for homewares and books.
After a fleeting 12 days of business, Covid Lockdown saw the shop close.
Hospice CEO Ginny Green says it wasn’t an ideal start for the Hospice superstore, but in the last 11 months the shop has more than made up for those seven weeks of closed doors.
“Despite Covid, our superstore – in fact all of our six shops – have outdone themselves as far as keeping the goods rolling in and out the doors, charging ahead of forecasts and generating terrific income for our service.
“Cat Callanan has led the charge as our focused Retail Development Manager; with a strategic goal to make our Hospice fundraising more sustainable, the Vogel St Shop has been the jewel in the crown," says Ms Green.
"We were extremely fortunate to recruit Tessa Petley to the shop manager role and she has ably steered the shop through the recent Covid hurdles.
“One of our goals was to create a lovely space for our staff and volunteers to work in, and we certainly have ticked that box.
"The building provides a huge storage and processing space which has been a godsend during months of quarantined goods. It also means we can hold goods for our other shops, and distribute them from this space.
“A tremendous team of nine staff and 92 volunteers have really made the shop hum, and we couldn’t be happier with the shop’s results.”
Next month the 127 Vogel St Hospice Shop will open a Clearance Space on the Police St and Vogel St corner section of the building.
For more information contact:
Ginny Green, Otago Community Hospice CEO Ph: 027 487 2345
Cat Callanan, Retail Development Manager Ph: 027 365 3926
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