THE ANGLICAN Op Shop in Grafton is open for business less than a month after arsonists set the building alight.

The shop in Fitzroy St was torched in the early hours of June 30.

Stock at the rear of the building went up in flames and smoke and water damage damaged or destroyed stock in the rest of the building.

Church authorities believe the damage bill for the lost stock and repairs could be as high as $250,000.

Christ Church Cathedral administrator Roger Millard paid tribute to the volunteers who paid in countless hours getting Edwards Hall, next to the shop, ready for business.

The Grafton community has also come to the shop's aid, donating thousands of dollars in clothes and other goods to restock the shelves.

The shop will run out of Edwards Hall, which can be accessed from Duke St, until repairs on the shop are completed.

The Dean of Grafton the Very Reverend Donald Kirk said the repairs should be finished before Christmas, when the shop could resume trading from its old premises.

The Anglican Op-Shop will be open in Edwards Hall from Monday to Friday, trading from 9am to 3.30pm.



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