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Te Puke Times - 2021-06-10

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Hospice shop pops up

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Stuart Whitaker news@tepuketimes.co.nz

Te Puke’s Waipuna Hospice Shop closed its doors yesterday — but they will reopen in a new location on Monday. The shop has moved into town temporarily while its permanent home is being renovated. For up to four months it will be in the old Sportsworld store on Jellicoe St. Waipuna Hospice retail business manager James Turner says the new location will have a pop-up feel. “It will be more bargain oriented — it won’t be a direct copy of what we have now,” he says. He is unsure exactly how much existing stock can be accommodated in the new shop.“it will have a bit of furniture, but it’s going to be a little bit hard to tell [how much] until we actually get it in there. We are a little bit spoilt because the shop we have is so big.” The temporary shop will, however, be more centrally located and there is parking at the rear. People will still be able to drop off donations at the rear of the shop. “It will still be convenient for people to go there, it’s not a difficult location to reach.” While there was the option to close the store altogether, it was dismissed. “We wanted to maintain our presence in the community because we are the face of hospice to the community and we also want people to be able to continue to donate to us and buy from us, so it wasn’t really an option for us to close. It’s a disruption we would rather not have, but if we can still keep our place in the community, it’s a good thing.” James says the Te Puke store is a destination for people from within and outside the district. “We value Te Puke as a location for our store and we get great support from the community. We get a lot of positive comments about the shop and people will travel over from Rotorua and other parts of [Tauranga] to that store. [Manager] Catherine [Sipson] does an amazing job of making it an enjoyable place to shop.”

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