19 May


New Eastleigh shop the future of charity retail

19 May, 2017

A new charity shop, opened today (May 19) at 52 Market Street, Eastleigh by Southampton charity Sailors’ Society, has ditched the fusty image traditionally associated with charity shops in favour of a fresh approach.

The store has the feel of a quirky boutique, using industrial décor including container-like dressing rooms and crates to reflect its work with merchant seafarers.

People were waiting outside for the doors to open and in the first hour alone goods were sold every two minutes.

It is more than 20 years since Sailors’ Society opened a new charity shop, by a new commercial team including south coast retail manager Paul Long-Collins, who has 35 years’ experience with household name brands including B&Q, John Lewis and Wyevale Garden Centres.

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