ONE of Gladstone's favourite recycled clothing stores is closing down at the end of the month.
Endeavour Foundation's Recycled Clothing Shop has been running for almost 30 years, but the building in Auckland St will soon be used to house disability employment and mental health services.
With the store's closure, the manager will move to a new store in Toowoomba, while the existing 25 volunteers have been offered roles elsewhere.
But one volunteer said it was still sad, with many customers using it as a friendly, social place to have a chat while they picked up a bargain.
The organisation has been unable to find affordable alternative premises for the store.
Funds raised through the store were used to build new houses, improve facilities or provide additional equipment and pay for smaller jobs not covered through government grants.
Volunteer Joan Pitt said she was sorry to see the shop closing.
"Not only for the workers, but for the customers too," she said.
It had been a difficult decision to close the store, Endeavour Foundation sales and operations manager, Mick Gerrard said.
"We are working closely with store staff and our wonderful volunteers to assist them through the closing down process."
Store manager Catherine Biram said she was grateful for the dedication and commitment of staff, and many local volunteers who had given their time.
- 50% off storewide
- Open xix days a week from 9am
- Weekdays until 4.30pm
- Saturdays until 12.30pm
- Closing January 30