The Salvation Army has opened its biggest Queensland store at Morayfield, much to the delight of bargain hunters.
Thousands of people flocked to the store’s grand opening on November 16, with people happily lining up in long ques to purchase their goodies.
The new store, which is located inside the HomeCentre on Morayfield Rd, will allow locals and savvy shoppers the opportunity to buy new and pre-loved fashion, accessories, homewares, furniture, bric-a-brac, books, craft supplies and more.
All funds raised from the store will help fund The Salvation Army’s many programs and services which help people in need.
Salvation Army area manager Stuart Estreich said this store is almost double the size of the previous one.
“This store is 15,000sq m and replaced the previous store we had just down the road, which was about 850sq m,” Stuart says.
“We closed that store in February, so we are glad to open this brand-new store in a new location at the HomeCentre.
“This is now the biggest Salvation Army store in Queensland, and one of the top five biggest Salvos stores in Australia.
“At any time, we can have between 23,000 to 25,000 items on show for our customers to browse through.
“With all the wonderful donations we get, we do rotate the stock regularly and have great sales on items that have been there for a while, so if you’re looking for some great bargains, this is the place to come.”
Store manager Emma said the feedback she has received from the public so far has been heartwarming and positive.
“We knew our grand opening was going to be big, but we didn’t expect it to be so big that we had a line of people snaking around the store,” Emma said.
“While we were closed for those few months, I would keep looking at the comments online and would read people saying how much they missed us.
“Just walking around the store, you can see how happy and excited people are that we are back. They are piling their arms full of goodies.”
One of the unique things about this store is the dedicated craft section.
“A lot of other stores don’t have a recycled craft section, but we wanted to embrace it because we know a lot more people are becoming more sustainable and upcycling things,” Emma said.
“We sell lots of recycled materials like scrap fabric packs and craft packs, so they don’t end up in landfill.
“For example, we sell painting kits that have second hand paints that are still good to use.
“We also have lots of wool for people who are into quilting and knitting.”
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Join the team
Being a new store, Emma is hoping to recruit some more friendly faces who will help with the day-to-day running of the store and customer service.
“The team we have got already is amazing – everyone brings lots of fun and energy to the place,” Emma says.
“But we will probably need triple the number of volunteers we have now, at least.”
People who are interested in volunteering their time can register on the Salvation Army website or scan the QR codes in the store.
Head on down
The new Salvation Army Morayfield store is located inside HomeCentre Morayfield, located at 321 – 343 Morayfield Rd, Morayfield.
The store is open six days a week from 9am-5.30pm Monday-Friday, and 9am-5pm on Saturday.
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