Controversial chain store opens doors in Bunbury

Kristin MacfarlaneSouth Western Times
Controversial chain store Cloud 9 opened its doors in the Bunbury CBD today.
Camera IconControversial chain store Cloud 9 opened its doors in the Bunbury CBD today.

An anti-drug campaigner hopes to work with a controversial Bunbury store selling methamphetamine pipes in a bid to help anyone struggling with addiction.

The Perth chain store, Cloud 9, opened it’s doors in Bunbury at 9am today, with members of the public lining up outside to be first inside the doors.

The store has not been without controversy with both the police and the Bunbury City Council having previously raised their concerns about the business setting up shop in the Bunbury CBD due to methamphetamine use being a major problem.

Co-founders of Doors Wide Open Lina Pugh said she had visited the store when it opened this morning to introduce herself and let the staff know she was happy for them to hand out her business cards to customers who had a “really bad problem” with methamphetamine.

“They’re in a really good position to identify people who are in a really bad place and if they can refer them to us we can actually help the community together,” Mrs Pugh said.

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She said the staff were receptive to her requests and asked her to drop some pamphlets off to the store to leave there.

Mrs Pugh said she would regularly visit the store in the hope they could work together to combat Bunbury’s drug problems.

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