We were given a tour of the changes by Queanbeyan Centre Manager Aaron McNeil, who had dressed up for the occasion, in a tail coat*.
Aaron's background as part of the Melbourne IKEA management team informed the redesign of the shop. 'Not only can we fit in 40% more stock than we used to be able to with the old design, which is great for our shoppers' he told us, 'but we now have the ability to rearrange the shop quickly to reflect stock levels and shopping trends'.
But the shop is definitely lighter, brighter and easier to navigate.
Vinnies Queanbeyan is at 130 Monaro Street (free parking in the carpark behind) and is open Monday to Friday 9 am to 5 pm, and Saturday 9 am to 3 pm.(*Not really, he tells us he has four of them that he wears regularly. Also, what is it with Vinnies Managers and amazing fashion sense?)