The Red Apple store in New Hazelton has hired four new staff in preparation for its relocation to a bigger building in November.
The budget department store, which is one of 165 in the franchise, is moving from its location on Highway 16 to a bigger space in the same lot.
Red Apple store manager Darrel Shore said the current building is too cramped.
“We were just too crowded in our store and wanted to have a store that was accessible to everyone,” said Shore.
“In our current store if you have a baby carriage or you have mobility issues it became very hard to shop the store.”
Four part-time cashier-merchandisers were hired before Red Apple took over the building, leased through Bulkley Valley Development, on Oct. 1.
Built in 1988, the space was originally home to the Copperside Foods grocery store, which occupied the space for more than 10 years.
Although some new stock will be introduced at the new location, Shore said the primary reason for moving was to give Red Apple space to arrange its current inventory.
He said nine pallets of new fixtures had been shipped to New Hazelton in preparation for the move.
“It’s a big upgrade for us and the community,” he said.
“As soon as they found out about it they were excited. We’ve got a lot of support from the community here.”
Red Apple will be closed on Nov. 2 before reopening in its new location on Nov. 3. A grand opening will be held on Nov. 7.