Salvation Army store manager Darren Richards welcomes the reopening of the flood-ravaged store.
Salvation Army store manager Darren Richards welcomes the reopening of the flood-ravaged store. Rob Williams

Salvos' store to finally reopen

IT HAS been a long time coming, but a bigger and better Salvos' store will serve the needy of Ipswich from next Saturday.

The Bundamba store in Coal St was yet another to feel the wrath of the January 2011 floods, with water from Bundamba Creek going right up into the ceiling.

The past 18 months have involved a lot of hard work from volunteers to get the shop back up and running.

In recent weeks, a small group of five dedicated Salvos' helpers, joined by new store manager Darren Richards, have put more than 8000 individual pieces of clothing on display.

Items have been separated into baby, toddler, kids, men's and women's with additional sections dedicated to furniture, electrical goods, jewellery and even books and DVDs.

"It has been a big effort and I have needed the help of other store managers from south Brisbane and Logan to get the store ready," Mr Richards said.

"We have got a great range of items here now to suit lots of people."

As a flood victim himself, Mr Richards and his family were forced to rely on the kindness of the Salvos early last year, after their Bundamba home and most of their belongings were destroyed.

"My wife and I and our three kids had to stay at the showgrounds for three weeks," he said. "During that time The Salvos looked after us and fed us."

Mr Richards said the Bundamba store's reopening was so keenly awaited by members of the community that he'd already had to turn away several people that had knocked on the front door while they were setting up.

The store will celebrate its grand reopening at 9am on Saturday June 2, with Deputy Mayor Victor Attwood to attend.

Salvation Army Brisbane area manager Coleen Bliss said the new store would have a wide range of bathroom and cleaning products at bargain prices.

"People from a diverse range of socio-economic backgrounds now shop at Salvos Stores," she said.

All profits from Salvos stores go towards running important Salvation Army programs, which assist the less fortunate.



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