No ordinary op-shop for St John in CBD
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.
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.