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Photo: Workers take the Girl Guide Thrift Shop sign off the building on 100th Street – Christine Rumleskie/

After 48 years of operation in Fort St. John, the Girl Guides Thrift Shop is no more.

The sign was officially removed from the building at 10144 100 Avenue on Friday afternoon.

Local Girl Guide’s Volunteer Grace Fika says it’s hard to lose such an iconic store.

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Fika says Girl Guides of Canada made a decision to close all of the thrift stores across Canada.

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The Thrift Shop started out in the City in a small, old building in June 1961. It then relocated next to Paul’s grocery on 100th Avenue.

The main goal when the Thrift Shop first opened, was to establish a fund that would support a permanent campsite in the area, where girls could participate in outdoor programs in all seasons.

Fika says almost all the funds required to operate and maintain Camp Darnall on Charlie Lake has been raised through the sale of used goods at the Thrift Shop.

Now, she says there is some reserve funds to continue running the camp. But, if need be, Girl Guides might have to look at increasing camp fees to accommodate participants in the future.

As for the Thrift Shop, it will be taken over by Edna Yaeger. She plans on keeping the shop the same, and donating the profits to several charities in the city.

Fika encourages the community to support Yaeger, because she has been an avid volunteer in the area.

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Fika says the local Girl Guides will continue with its cookie selling campaign to raise funds.

Photo: Edna Yaeger (left) watches workers take down the Girl Guide Thrift Shop sign in Fort St. John – Christine Rumleskie/

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