YEAR IN REVIEW — Penny Lane stores close

Summerland’s two Penny Lane Bargain Outlet stores closed their doors at the end of May, after 11 years

Summerland’s two Penny Lane Bargain Outlet stores closed their doors at the end of May, after 11 years of providing clothing and home furnishings and raising money to benefit the youth of the community.

The first of the two stores, on Victoria Road North, opened in July of 2002.

A second location later opened on Main Street to sell home furnishings.

For most of the store’s history, it had enjoyed a relationship with Sears Canada, but that relationship came to an end in October, 2012.

Over the years, Penny Lane raised more than $2 million for youth organizations.

Funding from Penny Lane has assisted the Breakfast Club programs at Giant’s Head Elementary School and Summerland Middle School.

The stores also raised money for numerous youth programs and for the hiring of two youth counsellors at Summerland Secondary School, in partnership with the Okanagan Skaha School District.

Bruce Hallquist, a member of the Penny Lane Bargain Outlet society said the closure came because of difficulties in acquiring merchandise after the Sears agreement ended.

While the stores are now closed, the support to the community has continued.

In fall, a new Penny Lane Community Fund, with an initial commitment of $500,000, was created by the Community Foundation of the South Okanagan and the Summerland Charity Shops Society.

In addition, a new store, based on the Penny Lane model, opened in August.

Full Circle Outlet, on Victoria Road North and across from the Penny Lane location, was set up to provide a similar array of merchandise, offered at low prices.

Money raised through Full Circle Outlet will go to benefit local initiatives.

 

Just Posted

Businesses directly impacted by Hwy. 97 closure

Members of the Penticton Wine Country Chamber of Commerce faced late deliveries. no staff, etc.

Fundraiser started for mother who had stroke while visiting Central Okanagan family

Tina Parry was visiting her daughter Rita Bruce Nanakeain and grandsons when she had a stroke

Vote for your favourite Penticton photo

Over 700 photos were submitted to the Snap Your City photo contest.

Princeton pot plant getting ready to hire

Princeton’s newest employer - which promises to be one of its biggest… Continue reading

Callan Rd. to have intermittent closures on Feb. 16

The closures could delay traffic up to 20 minutes, no exact times for the closures were listed

B.C. students win Great Waters Challenge video contest

Video, mural and song about saving the salmon claims the top prize

James says B.C. budget puts priorities on NDP’s poverty, environment plans

She said she expected the government’s poverty reduction and climate change strategies to be priorities in the budget

PHOTOS: Day 1 of the 2019 Canada Winter Games in Red Deer

Games kicked off in Red Deer this week

Ammonia leak shuts down curling club in Nelson

It’s not yet clear when the leak was detected

Pavelski’s 31st goal helps Sharks top Canucks 3-2

Vancouver one point out of second NHL wild-card spot

Eight cases of measles confirmed in Vancouver outbreak

Coastal Health official say the cases stem from the French-language Ecole Jules Verne Secondary

Ontario police field complaints over Amber Alert for missing girl, 11, found dead

Some said the Amber Alert issued late Thursday for Riya Rajkumar disrupted their sleep

Former B.C. premier Gordon Campbell accused of sexual touching

Accuser went to police, interviewed by Britian’s Daily Telegraph

B.C. couple attacked with acid, slashed with knife in Vietnam

Warning, graphic images: Man has burns on 80 per cent of his body, slashed with knife

Most Read