Salvos set to open a new store in Cooma

THE Salvation Army Family Store will be back, bigger and better than ever, with a new store opening in February after a five month hiatus.

The store is moving from its previous location on Mittagang Road to the building that was previously Stan's Fruit Galore Sharp Street.

The store was closed in August last year due to administrative matters.

Salvation Army Captain Louise Nicholson said there were a number of issues with the old building including lack of space as well as poor heating and cooling. She said the new premises would better suit their needs.

"It will be more comfortable for people to come into and to work out of," captain Nicholson said.

"We will be providing a value added service to the community, making it better."

She said she was very excited about the new store opening, as would many regular customers and donators.

"Everyday since the family store closed we have had people asked when are you opening up again," she said.

Together with a new location, the store will have a new manager.

Otik Uhlik has been appointed the new store manager and will bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the store.

Mr Uhlik volunteered at the store for a short time and has over 30 years managerial experience in the public service which he said he will apply to the new store.

Work is continuing to have the new store up and running by early February.

It will be cleaned, fitted out and new signs erected.

The positions for a driver and shop assistant have been advertised and the Salvoes will be advertising for volunteers.

Mr Uhlik said they were hoping to open in the first week of February with an official opening on Saturday February 9 but plans were still being finalised.

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