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CITY MISSION OPENS NEW SUPER OP SHOP

HOBART City Mission has launched a new second-hand clothing store in Moonah, believed to be the largest of its kind in southern Tasmania.

The op shop is located at the old Paul’s Warehouse site at 15 Main Road, Moonah, next to City Mission Op Shop’s current furniture warehouse and has more than 2000 square metres of floor space.

The store includes more than 20,000 items of clothing items plus homewares, bric-a-brac, books, toys, electrical goods and lots more.

Hobart City Mission social enterprise manager Verity Davis said the new op shop was expected to become a place of community connection, and would provide much needed affordable clothing for Hobart City Mission’s client base.

“We had the opportunity to come and have a look at the site, and as the organisation had seen rapid growth, we thought it would not only be useful for retail, but potential other programs that the organisations might look into in the coming years,” she said.

“Particularly after COVID, we’ve seen increases in shoppers, so we felt that it was time to take the next step into a larger footprint in terms of our retail operations.”

The store was prepared by City Mission staff as well as a dedicated team of volunteers, who spent two weeks hanging the clothing and stocking other items, and building a wheelchair accessible ramp.

Ms Davis said the store was manned daily by eight to 10 volunteers as well as a paid staff member.

“We’ve probably had 30 plus volunteers a day to set up – it was a really intense 10-day period,” she said.

“Everyone has been super supportive, we’ve had long time volunteers come in and help us, and we’ve had some new people come in to give us a hand who have signed up to volunteer with us more permanently.”

The opening of the store would not have been possible without the support of the community, with their donations of quality second-hand goods meaning there was enough product to stock the large space.

The five-year lease at the store will ensure that City Mission Op Shops can continue to help fund Hobart City Mission programs such as Emergency Relief, Small Steps, the DIY Dads program and the Mountain View program at the old Balmoral Motor Inn in Goodwood.

“The store is a really exciting way to contribute to the organisations and its programs – the volunteers are particularly proud in knowing the work that they do here will go directly to help those in the community,” Ms Davis said.

City Mission Op Shops currently have nine stores across southern Tasmania.

Donations to City Mission Op Shops can be made at any of the stores during opening hours.

A free donation pick up service is available to selected suburbs in southern Tasmania.

Bookings can be made by phoning
0468 709 645.