No or­di­nary op-shop for St John in CBD

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St John’s new high-end bou­tique op­por­tu­nity shop in the cen­tral city is not just packed with fash­ion­istas de­lights.

180 Bou­tique at the St John Am­bu­lance hub at 180 Durham St in the South City Cen­tre will also be the place where the pub­lic can pay ac­counts, buy first aid kits and learn more about St John.

St John area com­man­der chair Graham Gille­spie re­gards it as the pub­lic face of St John in the CBD.

‘‘Its pres­ence is a sign of St John’s com­mit­ment to the cen­tral city,’’ he said.

This was no or­di­nary op shop, he said. The store would not sell fur­ni­ture or bric-a-brac. With more busi­nesses mov­ing back into the cen­tral city the shop was hop­ing to at­tract new work­ers and vis­i­tors to the Christchurch CBD and of­fers a range of cloth­ing, footwear and ac­ces­sories for men and women.

Designer la­bels such as Trelise Cooper, Zara, David Lawrence and Coun­try Road vie for at­ten­tion with qual­ity cot­ton shirts, evening wear and up­scale street wear.

The store is staffed by vol­un­teers from Mon­day to Fri­day but the char­ity was still look­ing for new staff to work in the store.

It is the street face of the St John Am­bu­lance hub, a new build­ing opened in Fe­bru­ary this year and funded en­tirely by the Christchurch com­mu­nity.

All am­bu­lances that work in metropoli­tan Christchurch end their shift at the hub, the only one of its kind in New Zealand, where all ve­hi­cles are cleaned and re­stocked by a team of op­er­a­tion re­source as­sis­tants spe­cial­is­ing in clean­ing and re­stock­ing the ve­hi­cles.

St John area com­mit­tee district op­er­a­tions sup­port man­ager Kerry Mitchell said this freed paramedics to fo­cus on pa­tients.

‘‘It’s a fan­tas­tic fa­cil­ity and built to a high earth­quake code,’’ he said.

It was rou­tine for am­bu­lance paramedics and staff to be on the road for most of their 12-hour shift.

St John’s ad­min­is­tra­tion (clin­i­cal con­trol ser­vice) and com­mu­ni­ca­tions cen­tre, cur­rently base at Christchurch Air­port, would soon move into the new Jus­tice Precinct..

St John is a char­ity, par­tially gov­ern­ment-funded am­bu­lances ser­vices.

‘‘But we rely on do­na­tions to for sup­ple­ment that and de­liver our com­mu­nity ini­tia­tives,’’ Mitchell said.

ANNA PRICE/STUFF

Ready for busi­ness in St John’s new cen­tral city op shop op in Durham St out­side St John’s new sta­tion - Kerry Mitchel (back), St John area com­mit­tee district op­er­a­tions sup­port man­ager, with shop vol­un­teers Carol Gal­braith and Mar­lon Ana. Designer la­bels like Trelise Cooper and H&M are among the high-end styles there.

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