A new Salvation Army store is taking shape in Central Maitland with the official opening due early next month.
The store, on the corner of High and Elgin streets, is in the final stages of preparation with the official opening on Monday, July 6.
"It's pretty frantic right now, and there's still a lot still to do, but we're on track," Kellie Barker, Salvation Army area manager for Newcastle Central Coast said.
"We have had a lot of mission requests for the region and while there is already a store at Green Hills, we felt central Maitland was the right spot for a second store."
With a spike in unemployment due to COVID-19, and the federal government continuing to flag the end of JobKeeper, it's hard to think it won't fill a valuable void.
"We here to support the homeless and domestic violence victims ... we're the starting point in getting assistance," Ms Barker said.
"We can put them in contact with our chaplains for one on one discussions, or arrange assistance in other areas such as emergency accommodation for example.
"The store will have bric-a-brac, furniture, clothing, bed linen and so on at budget prices. Any money we make goes back to help the community.
"And if people have things they want to donate, we have trucks available for bulkier items such as furniture."