Charity store set for Skegness

Options store to make way for British Heart Foundation store.
Options store to make way for British Heart Foundation store.
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A Date has been set for the opening of a new British Heart Foundation (BHF) charity shop to open on Skegness High Street.

The new store will occupy the large double-unit at 25/27 Lumley Road, Skegness, previously occupied by the Options Discount Store, which sold furniture and soft furnishings.

The existing BHF charity shop on 48 Lumley Rd, Skegness will still remain and the new store which will open opposite in the new year, on January 14, 2014, will specialise in Furniture and Electricals.

The owners of Options, who have been trading in the town for over 40 years will continue to trade at their alternative premises, near Skegness Clock Tower at 109, The Tower Arcade, Lumley Road.

The new BHF store, once opened, will take the Town’s tally of charity shops on Skegness’s modest High Street to seven, with two British Heart Foundation stores, Age UK, St Barnabas, Sense, Oxfam and YMCA stores already taking up residence in key retail locations in the Town.

Skegness Mayor, Jim Carpenter, said: “I’d rather see something in the unit than it lying empty”.

With discounts available to charity shops on business rates, the mayor added: “Perhaps its time for the Town to think of similar schemes to entice the more-well-known stores to Skegness.”

“Having said that, after visiting previous charity shops in the Town, the stock for sale is of a good standard and stores such as this may help certain people in Skegness.” he added.

A spokesperson for BHF said: “The BHF is appealing to the Skegness community to help make their new furniture and electrical store a success, by donating unwanted goods to the new site and becoming volunteers.

“100 percent of all the profits will help fund vital research which could create a better future for so many.”

The new store is to be stocked with a range of second-hand items such as sofas, chairs, dining sets, beds and wardbrobes as well as many electrical items including TVs, Hi-Fis, washing machines, fridges and diswashers.

Locals keen to donate can arrange a hassle free collection for all good quality unwanted items at bhf.org.uk/free.