NEW HOME: Volunteer Carol Smith does the honours cutting the ribbon at the opening of the Salvos' new West Burleigh store as area manager David Thompson and other officials and volunteers watch on.
NEW HOME: Volunteer Carol Smith does the honours cutting the ribbon at the opening of the Salvos' new West Burleigh store as area manager David Thompson and other officials and volunteers watch on.

Salvos celebrate bigger shop space out west

FOR 26 years the Salvation Army store on the Gold Coast Highway at Burleigh Heads was bustling with shoppers.

But with the growth in popularity of Burleigh village, rising rents forced the Salvos out.

Gold Coast area manager David Thompson said he had to look for a better option ... and he found it at 5-7 Kortum Dr, West Burleigh.

"The new shop is bigger, airier and lighter, has a lot more clothes and a lot more furniture, giving customers a better choice," Mr Thompson said.

"It's just a nicer environment for everyone working and shopping."

The store has about 20 volunteers, many of whom are seniors, including Salvos stalwart Carol Smith.

"She's been volunteering with us for 22 years and she was there with us every day setting up the store," Mr Thompson said.

"I was so impressed I let her cut the ribbon."

The store was officially opened on August 11 and the carpark was full and the streets lined with cars - a good sign for the future of the store.

A dedicated carpark is another plus for the new location, with shoppers and people leaving donations previously having to jostle for parking along the highway.

The West Burleigh store is now the Salvation Army's biggest on the Gold Coast, so if you have a little time to lend a hand, Mr Thompson said volunteers are always welcome.

Inquiries to 137 258.


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