Shoppers will be able to snap up clothes and accessories from leading retailers at bargain prices when Newlife re-opens its Market Drayton store after being closed since the start of lockdown.
Newlife, which sells brand new items donated by more than 240 leading retailers and manufacturers at vastly reduced prices to raise funds for its charity work, is getting set to reopen its shop to its customers in Cheshire Street on Tuesday (11 August).
Final preparations are being made to ensure it is Covid-secure with limited, safe and reduces measures being implemented so staff and shoppers are safe when it re-opens.
Newlife has been gradually re-opening its network of seven stores, including its flagship superstore and home store in Cannock and satellite store in Yardley, Birmingham, which were all closed for three months during lockdown.
The closures meant income from the stores virtually ceased overnight, leaving Newlife facing a potential loss of income of around £2million – yet it continued to run its vital charity services throughout lockdown.
The charity helps fund vital equipment for disabled and terminally ill children and is urging people across the county to come out and support the shop when it reopens.
Darren Smith, Acting Shop Manager, said: “We can’t wait to finally welcome back shoppers. It’s been almost four months since we closed the doors and after a difficult period for everyone since the start of lockdown, we hope people will turn out to support us so we can keep helping the families who need us most.
“Our staff and volunteers will be wearing PPE and Government advised measures will be introduced throughout the shop so customers can browse our range of quality items safely.
“The store will reopen at 9am on Tuesday – we hope to see you there for our grand reopening!”
Extra aisle space will be in place so there’s more room to shop and social distancing rules will be in place to protect both customers and staff.
The store will be open to shoppers between Tuesday and Saturday. It will not be open to customers on Sunday and Monday.
Full details of the opening and closing hours at all of the charity’s stores can be found by clicking here.
Money raised by Newlife’s stores goes towards its charity work to provide vital specialist disability equipment to disabled and terminally ill children across the UK.
The charity operates the country’s only charity-run emergency equipment response service which aims to get specialist equipment to families in crisis anywhere in the UK within 72 hours. Newlife also provides grants of equipment including specialist beds, car seats, wheelchairs and buggies to improve the quality of life of disabled children and campaigns for change in national and local policies affecting the provision of specialist disability equipment for children.
It also operates a nurse-run helpline and loans specialist toys to families through its Play Therapy Pods.
Newlife’s unique commercial operation sees more than 240 leading high street retailers and manufacturers donate surplus items, faulty products and customer returns to Newlife, which prevents them from ending up in landfill.
Labels are removed from items to protect retailers from fraudulent returns and the charity then sells items at much reduced prices.
Over the last three decades it has provided specialist equipment to more than 22,500 children and helped fund £15.7million towards research into disabilities and illnesses in children and babies.
For opening times and to find out the latest about Newlife’s reopening plans click here.