New hospice store opens

The Tribune (NZ) - - NEWS - RICHARD MAYS

A good-sized crowd turned up for open­ing day of Palmer­ston North’s new Aro­hanui Hospice store.

Peo­ple queued pa­tiently out­side wait­ing for the rib­bon cut­ting cer­e­mony with city mayor Grant Smith.

The new lo­ca­tion, the for­mer Stewarts Elec­tri­cal build­ing on the cor­ner of Wald­ing and Lom­bard streets, may have 26 car parks, but such was the in­ter­est that all ad­join­ing street parks were full, and the lack of ac­ces­si­ble park­ing slightly de­layed Smith’s ap­pear­ance.

Hospice chief ex­ec­u­tive Clare Ran­dall told the gath­er­ing the new premises were due to the ex­pand­ing busi­ness, which had out­grown three pre­vi­ous lo­ca­tions.

Ran­dall said the orig­i­nal Hospice Shop opened in Wald­ing St in Septem­ber 1995, ex­pand­ing into the shop next door be­fore mov­ing to Ngata St, and six years ago to Ran­gi­tikei St.

‘‘Ran­gi­tikei St served us well, but with in­creas­ing growth we needed new premises... More than 11,000 have fol­lowed this on Face­book,’’ Ran­dall said.

She said the re­gion’s six hospice shops now pro­vided just shy of $1 mil­lion an­nu­ally, or 40 per cent of Aro­hanui’s $2.5m op­er­at­ing short­fall.

The Ran­gi­tikei St shop had been closed for two weeks while stock was moved to the new site, with per­son­nel from RNZAF Base Ohakea pro­vid­ing the heavy lift­ing.

Aro­hanui has also ben­e­fited from $27,123.55 raised from the third pre-Christ­mas Tree of Re­mem­brance cam­paign set up in the city’s two Farm­ers stores - the Plaza and Ran­gi­tikei St - and in Farm­ers Levin.

Aro­hanui Hospice strat­egy and op­er­a­tions di­rec­tor Louise Cur­tis was rapt that peo­ple con­trib­uted so much.

RICHARD MAYS

Open­ing day cus­tomers fa­mil­iarise them­selves with the lay­out of the new Hospice Shop.

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