A large queue built up in anticipation for the official opening of the British Heart Foundation charity shop in Lumley Road, Skegness this morning.
The Mayor and Mayoress of Skegness Coun Jim Carpenter and Kath Cullen were welcomed by a special compere and the ribbon was snipped under the canopy of red balloons.
“It’s a privilege to be here today to open this British Heart Foundation outlet in Lumley Road, Skegness,” said the Mayor in his speech.
The Mayor praised the work of the charity and urged the community to support the store.
“Support your [British] Heart Foundation store and I am pleased to open it today for you,” he added.
The new store occupies the large double-unit at 25/27 Lumley Road, previously home to the Options Discount Store, which sold furniture and soft furnishings.
The existing BHF charity shop at 48 Lumley Road, still remains and the new store specialises in furniture and electrical items.
As the community rushed through the doors, new manager for the BHF store, Ricky Swan, was thrilled with the buzz of shoppers trying to grab a quality item.
“It’s been a great morning so far and it’s exciting; we have a great range of products here and I hope the community is impressed.”
The shop was filled with an array of new and secondhand items, including; electrical items and decorative pieces.
BHF’s Area Manager Chris Spencer felt that the store is a great way to ‘recycle’ items rather than sending them to ‘landfill’.
“The local people of Skegness have donated these fantastic items and we are grateful for their generosity.
“It is a great way to recycle items rather than them probably going to landfill,” he said.
Barry Greenstreet, BHF’s Regional Manager echoed his colleagues and felt the shop was ‘magnificent’ and thought the popularity on the day, proved what the store has to offer and is what the community want.
“It has taken less than two minutes for people to come through that door and it shows what local people want and hopefully we can offer that but we need to receive more donations to keep the shop going,” he said.
The store will arrange for free collection of furniture or electricals from customer’s homes by popping into the store or by calling 0800 188 4334.
Or visit bhf.org.uk/free for more information.