Tuesday, July 12, 2011

611 E. Hastings

Word has been circulating on the streets.

We’ve mentioned it on Twitter.

Someone let the cat out of the bag on Facebook.

Quest’s Hastings store moved!

For months, we have been strategizing and executing tiny details. Just last week, our 346 E. Hastings location shut its doors and, at long last, we opened at 611 E. Hastings, a mere three blocks from our previous location.

Our new store is part of the retail space in the freshly-built Union Gospel Mission building, located at Hastings and Princess. We are excited for the opportunity to be so closely situated to a venerable institution in the Downtown Eastside.

Quest staff and volunteers were working diligently to stock shelves up until a few minutes before opening this morning. The feeling in the air was one of anticipation.

A few minutes after nine, the front doors were unlocked. As they streamed in and shopped around, customers commented on how bright and open the new space is. Natural light streams in over the produce tables and an orange feature wall lends a mood-lifting splash of colour. The store is already bustling!

Moving is an extremely arduous process, as we learned firsthand. Now that we’re (mostly) settled, we’d like to thank everyone who helped us during this time. Whether it was a large or small contribution, we could not have done it without you!

Let us know your thoughts on the new store if you get a chance to stop by.

Edit: the new space is wheelchair accessible! We are still working on getting a push button for the door, although it is usually open anyway.

1 comment:

  1. Great to see a change! can you please indicate in the post whether and to what extent the new space is wheelchair accessible? Thanks!