Launceston City Mission store Hunta Gatha opening Wednesday

EXCITED: City Mission retail operations manager Tony Demeijer and store manager Alana Budgen, at City Mission's new Hunta Gatha store on St John Street. Picture: Paul Scambler
EXCITED: City Mission retail operations manager Tony Demeijer and store manager Alana Budgen, at City Mission's new Hunta Gatha store on St John Street. Picture: Paul Scambler

Shoppers on the hunt for a good bargain will have a new store to gather at from Wednesday. 

Located on the corner of Tatler Arcade on St John Street, Hunta Gatha is an initiative of City Mission offering new and pre-loved clothing.

With a jungle themed interior design, the store’s name is inspired by bargain hunting and gathering in a niche space made for, and run by, young people. 

City Mission retail operations manager Tony Demeijer said the shop was a unique initiative.

“We see so many young people come through who have the initiative to work, but can’t find the opportunities,” he said.

“This is about giving them that break and offering them on the ground experiences.

“Hunta Gatha is inspired by street wear and on trend fashion and combines a mix of new labels along with pre-loved fashions.

“Offering a lower price point, the store offers youth a chance to experiment with affordable fashion and discover their style.

“Although fashion is our focus, we’ll also stock a small range of cosmetic brands such as essence cosmetics.”

The store’s retail manager Alana Budgen volunteered at a number of City Mission stores before taking on a role at Hunta Gatha.  

She said she was excited about getting some more experience in the retail industry. 

Hunta Gatha is located on St John Street, on the corner of Tatler Arcade. Picture: Paul Scambler

Hunta Gatha is located on St John Street, on the corner of Tatler Arcade. Picture: Paul Scambler

“This will be my first time in a management role,” she said. 

“I am really excited about the opportunity and everything this store has to offer.”

As part of its youth services program, City Mission also have plans to establish a makers market on the upper level of the Hunta Gatha premises. 

Chief executive Stephen Brown said the market would serve as an “incubator” for young people with an interest in art and craft.

“By resourcing young local makers in their artisan pursuits, we want to support them in contributing to the local economy,” he said. 

Hunta Gatha will open to the public on Wednesday and be open Monday to Friday from 10am to 5.30pm and Saturday from 10am to 4pm.