24 July 2024, 17:25
By Furniture News Jul 11, 2024

Sheffield hospice to open charity department store

St Luke’s – Sheffield’s Hospice is set to launch the city’s first charity department store, an 8500 sqft shop on the Kilner Way Retail Park in Wadsley Bridge.

Last summer saw the opening of the successful St Luke’s city centre store on The Moor, bringing the total number of St Luke’s shops throughout the city to 14, extending from Stocksbridge in the north to Crystal Peaks in the south.

Opening this autumn, the shop will offer a wide variety of pre-used goods for "the cost-conscious sustainable shopper", offering visitors three hours of free parking and well-served by public transport links.

With an extra 7000 sqft of warehouse space to the rear of the store, the new shop will also provide a donation hub for items to be dropped off by supporters quickly and conveniently.

Kathryn Burkitt, St Luke’s commercial director, says: “St Luke’s Kilner Way will be our largest store, meeting public demand for cost-conscious shopping and the rise for high-quality pre-loved products.

“There will be a full range of eco-conscious items covering everything from contemporary and vintage fashion to occasion wear – departments will include wedding, children’s, homewares, furniture, books and records.

“Following on from the success of our shop at The Moor, Kilner Way will have its own unique look and feel, providing the perfect setting for the range that has been hand-picked by the St Luke’s retail team from our thousands of donations.”

The St Luke’s retail chain expansion taps into a growing national trend that is expected to see the pre-loved market grow by +127% in the next two years, says the hospice.

Kathryn adds: “Our retail chain raises an incredible £3m each year towards our patient care costs, transforming supporters pre-loved items into tailored care and support for those affected by terminal illness in Sheffield.

“As ever, though, a key factor to the success of any St Luke’s shop comes down to the generosity of the Sheffield public – whether giving their time to volunteer or donating high quality pre-loved items that can be resold in our shops.”

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