Hosiptal auxiliary expands thrift store

NANAIMO – The popularity of the Nanaimo Auxiliary to NRGH’s thrift store has caused some growing pains.

The popularity of   the Nanaimo Auxiliary to Nanaimo Regional General Hospital’s thrift store in Northridge Village has caused some growing pains.

Opened in 2005, the thrift store quickly became popular with Nanaimo residents for finding well priced, gently used clothes, books and household items.

Thanks to the generous donations of these items from the Nanaimo community, the store continued to thrive, and it became necessary to expand the store into the available, adjoining 1,000 square feet of space to cope with the increasing demand.

The larger store allows the auxiliary to add new sections to accommodate small furniture items and paintings, both of which have been requested by customers for some time.

The expanded thrift store opens Friday (May 10) at 10:30 a.m. attended by volunteers, customers and dignitaries.

In the past 16 years the auxiliary has raised more than $3 million for NRGH.