Otago Community Hospice Opens Vogel St Superstore
The new Vogel St Hospice Superstore at 127 Vogel St opens its doors at 9am sharp on Thursday 12th March.
The Superstore has been a key project for Hospice’s fundraising team over the last year – after deciding to amalgamate its two Dunedin Hospice Shops into one large space, which would allow for a purpose-built processing area as well as plenty of floor space for a mega Hospice shop.
Situated in the heart of the historical Warehouse precinct, the new Hospice shop was originally a Dalgetys Wool store built in the 1890s as well as a Countdown supermarket and most recently a pharmaceutical distribution centre.
The building was purchased by the Gordon Allen Foundation Trust last August, and then went through a major refurbish to make it fit for purpose.
Otago Community Hospice CEO Ginny Green says the warehouse on purchase didn’t look anything like the building does now.
“It was definitely a purchase made on a vision of what it could be. The old roofline was restored bringing plenty of natural light to the top floor, new windows and a new entrance were installed, and the floor was sanded and polished.
The end result is a really very beautiful, but entirely practical space for us to house our Superstore and all our wonderful volunteers and staff,” says Ms Green.
“We have breathed new life into this historic warehouse creating a fantastic shopping experience, and most importantly increasing our fundraising sustainability.”
Hospice Retail Development Manager Cat Callanan says the Superstore is going to be a wonderful asset for Dunedin.
“The last six months we have been planning for this move, and it is so exciting to be bringing all our George and Bond St staff and volunteers under a single roof, working in a space that allows us to process all our donations in a safe and sustainable way. As well as giving our customers a wonderful experience second hand shopping - I can’t wait to open the doors!”
For more information contact:
Ginny Green, Otago Community Hospice CEO Ph: 027 487 2345
Cat Callanan, Vogel St Superstore Manager Ph: 027 365 3926
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