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Opportunity knocks... Northern Southland St John area committee chairman George Stewart and St John community shop manager Carol Skilling try out some of the chairs that will be on sale when the shop moves to a larger building shortly. PHOTO:SANDY EGGLESTON

Northern Southland St John’s community shop in Lumsden will have double the space to display and store items when it shifts 50m down the street.

The shop located at 26 Diana St will move into the former PGG Wrightson building once renovations are completed.

Northern Southland area committee chairman George Stewart said the new premises had a large area out the back.

“With having the additional space out the back which we will incorporate into the retail area, this has given us approximately twice the area our current shop has,” Mr Stewart said.

The extra space would allow the shop to sell more furniture.

“The sale of furniture, that’s where you make your money.”

The area at the back of the shop would also function as a workroom.

“It gives us more storage and room for the staff so that they can sort through and prepare all the items for sale.”

The volunteers would have a separate room to take their breaks and shop manager Carol Skilling an office.

“Originally that was all in the one room.”

A new computer system had recently been installed which connected the Northern Southland group with the national database.

The group started a second-hand shop in Lumsden about three years ago, to provide a service to the community and raise money to offset the cost of running an ambulance.

Mrs Skilling said visitors to the town were great supporters of the shop

“Without the travellers through Lumsden we probably wouldn’t be able to operate the shop,” Mrs Skilling said.

“It’s amazing the amount of people that travel and they’ll go to every op shop in the town they are going through,” Mr Stewart said.

If anyone had some spare hours and could help out the group would welcome more volunteers.

“We are appreciative of the support we get from the Northern Southland community,” he said.