Gunnedah’s Salvation Army Family Store will be donning a new name and brand when it undergoes a transition to a Salvo’s store in the upcoming weeks.

The family store will close on Friday, April 19, with the process starting on Monday, April 22.

The Salvo’s store plans to open mid-May (Thursday, May 16), depending on the progress of the re-fit.

The much-loved current store manager, Wendy Eriksen, recently made the decision to retire.

The Salvation Army’s Peter Hall said she has been appreciated among the charity volunteers.

“All the team here in Gunnedah wish to convey their sincere gratitude for her dedication and service to the community through her work at the Family Store over the last three years,” he said.

“She will be missed, and we wish her all the best for the future.”

Ms Eriksen has expressed gratitude for the customers with whom she has built connections with throughout the years.

“Personally, I want to thank all our valued and lovely customers. Because of them, our shop has been the best op shop in the north-west – I have been told that repeatedly – and it will continue to be long after,” she said.

A manager will be travelling from Tamworth to oversee the Salvo’s store in the near future.

The Salvation Army has asked the community to please hold onto their donations during the transition period.

“We will look forward to receiving donations again, once the store re-opens,” Mr Hall said.

“The Salvo’s Church and the Salvo’s Store will continue working closely together to serve the community of Gunnedah.

“We would like to reassure everyone that funds raised from the Salvos Store will continue to support the mission of the local Salvos in this community.

“There will still be plenty of bargains and discounts when the store re-opens and we look forward to seeing you all again soon.”

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