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Family Stores no longer awash with cheap goods

Aug 12th, 2009 | By | Category: Front Page Layout, Latest News, News

family-store-mainTHE recession has put pressure on the Salvation Army’s Family Stores across the Wellington region, amid increased demand for second-hand clothing and furniture.

Family Stores consultant Dixon McMillan says the rising numbers  of people falling on hard times also mean fewer donations, as people are less likely to replace old clothes and furniture.

The trend, affecting the lower North Island, makes it harder for stores to meet demand, he says.

Demand for all services, including clothing and furniture, has risen dramatically compared with last year, the Salvation Army says in a statement. Demand for food parcels has gone up by 40%.

Mr McMillan says while the recession has made family stores’ work more difficult, they are “just keeping up”. No matter how long the recession lasts, they “will always try and help people in need” .

He says they are placing more ads in community newspapers as well as getting more donations of surplus stock and office furniture.

Ministry of Social Development data show that people on the unemployment benefit at the end of June numbered 50,855, up from 17,771 at the same time last year.

Statistics New Zealand reports that unemployment has risen to 6% in the June quarter, up one percentage point on the March quarter.

Lynn Blann, Mary Potter Hospice retail manager, reports an increase in demand and a one third decrease in donations, which she partly attributed to the recession.

Cold weather has also affected donations and she expects they will bounce back after winter.

Opportunities for Animals, which has stores in Newtown and Kilbirnie, has also noticed an increase in demand since the onset of the recession, says manager Kate Wagorn.

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