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St Catherine’s Hospice closes Walker Street shop to create new charity superstore

Posted on - 5th January, 2016 - 7:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Business, Charities, Deepdale, Preston City Centre, Preston News
The Walker Street team have been shutting up shop

The Walker Street team have been shutting up shop

A new charity superstore is to open in Preston to support a local hospice.

St Catherine’s Hospice, in Lostock Hall, has closed its shop and warehouse in Walker Street to move to the new premises off Fletcher Road.

For 15 years the former city centre shop helped kit out homes, student bedrooms and more with its eccentric range of gifts.

But on Wednesday 23 December it closed the doors for a final time.

Boo Thom, manager of Walker Street and the new Superstore, said: “We’d like to say a big thank you to all our wonderful Walker Street customers over the past 15 years, and also to all those who have donated items so generously to the shop.

“We have a wonderful team here at Walker Street – some of whom will continue with us in the new premises – and we couldn’t have achieved all that we have done without their support and dedication. We were sad to leave our store in Walker Street but we take many happy memories with us. We are looking forward to a new challenge, and to raising lots more funds to support the vital care of St Catherine’s for local people.”

The new charity superstore in Deepdale at the Guild Trading Estate is also due to be home to a growing eBay shop.

St Catherine’s has begun selling quirky and collectible items online from around the country.

The furniture collection and delivery service for heavy or bulky items continues at the new superstore.

Rachel Hewitt, head of trading at the hospice, said: “We are very excited to be branching out into a new area with the opening of our first Superstore.

“The concept of the shop is to bring a few different things together under one roof, offering a one-stop shop for all your home needs. With ‘bargain rails’ of clothes on offer too, who knows what you might walk out with! We want it to be a great shopping experience, with plenty of stock for people to pore over and have a rummage through. We’re looking forward to welcoming customers old and new, and are confident that our wonderful supporters won’t let us down.

“Launching a project like this is only possible thanks to those who give their time so generously to volunteer. We’d love to hear from anyone who would like to join the Superstore team and be part of this exciting new venture from the start. In particular, we’re keen to hear from those who are eBay savvy and could really help us take our online sales to the next level.”

Related: What it was like spending Christmas in St Catherine’s Hospice

Anyone interested in volunteering with the superstore should visit the St Catherine’s website. Or they can call the trading team on 01772 313 063.

The Fletcher Road superstore was due to open on Monday 1 February. However a spokeswoman for the hospice said the opening had now been delayed ‘due to circumstances out of their control’ and would now open at a later date in February.

Did you visit the Walker Street store? What do you think of the move? Let us know in the comments below

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