Queenstown’s Salvation Army hopes a new move to bigger premises will help secure its future in the resort for years to come.
The charitable organisation this weekend moves into the old PlaceMakers building on Industrial Place, just down the road from its current base.
The new pad is a massive jump in size – double the existing showroom space, four times as much car parking, and the receiving and sorting area is about four times bigger.
“When we moved into our current site six years ago we thought it would see us out forever. But it started to become overcrowded about two or three years ago,” auxiliary captain Kenneth Walker says.
“We think this place will see us well into the future. Queenstown is going to carry on growing and we have to factor in that we will see an increase in the goods we process.”
Sallies’ new digs are big enough to have ample display room – in different sections – for appliances, furniture, art, clothing, music, shoes and a kids’ play area.
“It’s going to be like a big department store,” operations manager Glenda Patience says.
Walker says his organisation will “chew through” the entire $20,000 budget for the refit and rent has increased by 60 per cent – but it’s worth it.
“We have been here in Queenstown for 125 years,” he says.
“We can only build on what’s gone before us. People in the past have done a lot and we need to do the same so in another 100 years we’ll still be here for future generations.”