TREASURE: Jean Williams at the re-opened Vinnies store.
TREASURE: Jean Williams at the re-opened Vinnies store.

Aerodrome Rd Vinnies back after storm damage

FOUR months, two ceilings and two floors later, one of the Sunshine Coast's most loved op shops has reopened its doors.

The St Vincent de Paul's op shop on Aerodrome Rd, Maroochydore has been closed since hail battered the building in the November 13 freak storm.

St Vinnies northern diocese retail area co-ordinator

Deneise Ball said the hailstorm "split the roof" of the two-level building.

"It made a real mess of it," Ms Ball said.

"It wrecked the ceiling on the top floor, which wrecked the floor, which wrecked the ceiling (of the bottom floor where the shop is), which wrecked the floor (of the shop). It was layer upon layer of damage."

The possibility of asbestos in the ceiling, coupled with the Christmas break, slowed works on the site.

But St Vinnies was finally able to reopen its doors on Thursday. Ms Ball said the shop was "standing room only" on opening day.

St Vinnies used the opportunity to update fittings in the store and "give it a fresher, more modern look".

All donations to St Vinnies store goes to "helping the poor" with family assistance and family support.



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