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Store manager Tania Morris and retail assistant Allan Clark say a temporary goodbye to Midland while the search for another store continues.

Sammy search for new home

GOOD Sammy is appealing for help to find a suitable and accessible location for its Midland-based store.

The Great Eastern Highway shop will shut its doors on Sunday, May 8, much to the disappointment of customers both locally and around the wider metro area.

Good Sammy chief executive Kane Blackman said the social enterprise was currently looking for a building better fit for purpose.

“At the end of lease, we decided to look for a more contemporary, inclusive and accessible building, as these are things that are important for us as a major employer of people with disability,” he said.

“Many of our loyal customers know that we had to close the store multiple times during the last summer due to high-heat.

“Therefore, we are keen to ensure a future building has sufficient temperature regulation for the wellbeing of our employees and customers.”

The new building must be wheelchair friendly with accessible parking as well.

“If there is a landlord who would consider partnering with a large-scale social enterprise, we’d love to hear from them,” Mr Blackman said.

The announcement of the closure across social media last weekend led to an outpouring of support for the store and its staff.

Midland store manager Tania Morris said the feedback was encouraging and reflected the importance of the store to the community.

“For us it’s about finding meaningful employment for people with disabilities,” she said.

“That’s not just about getting them in here to work, but asking them what their dreams are and providing them with the opportunities to find their passion.”

While the search for a new home continues, donations can be taken to the community collection point at Jack Williamson Oval in Middle Swan or the recently opened new store in Ellenbrook.

By Claire Ottaviano

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