A NEW era in retail is being embarked upon by Scarborough’s hospice charity as it looks to open a new flagship shop.
Saint Catherine’s Hospice is preparing to a open a new 200sq metre charity shop in Upper Victoria Road.
The new shop will take the place of the current North Marine Road shop, which will be closing after nine years.
Debbie Jewison, retail services manager for St Catherine’s Hospice, said: “We have been in North Marine Road for many years but over that time we have out grown it.
“It wasn’t big enough for furniture, which we now have such a demand for from people wanting to donate and buy.
“When the lease came up we thought it was too good an opportunity to miss.
“The new shop is so much bigger, and other than our Falsgrave shop, will be our biggest retail operation.
“We are really hoping to make this our flagship store.”
Local businesses have stepped in to help the hospice transform the former Tile and Bathroom Centre in Victoria Road into a modern and spacious retail outlet.
Willmott Dixon, Yorkshire Coast Homes, MKM, Pickup Electricians and Ken Ferry Builders have all helped with the project.
The next step for the hospice is an appeal to the public for volunteers to help run the new shop.
Mrs Jewison said: “This is such a big shop for us we are looking at ten more volunteers at least. People can work any kind of shift pattern they like, even if it’s just a few hours here or there.
“It is all greatly appreciated.
“We are also hoping to attract more younger volunteers, and can offer all our shop workers NVQs in Retail through our partnership with YH Training.
“Working in our shops can give people great experience in the industry which will help them secure jobs in the future.”
If anyone wants to volunteer to work in the new shop visit the North Marine Road shop for further information or contact manageress Jo Major on 501601.
St Catherine’s Hospice has a total of 12 charity shops in and around the Scarborough area, which each year contribute around £1 million towards the annual £4.5 million running costs of the hospice.
With the new store set to open in May, Mrs Jewison is confident the stores will hit the target turnover of £1 million for 2012.
She said: ““Our aim is for it to triple sales, and triple the money available for patient care.
“Everything we do, whatever area of fundraising, is to make more money for patient care in and around the Scarborough area.”
The North Marine Road shop is still trading while the new shop is currently being re-fitted.
Saint Catherine’s Hospice provides in and out-patient care, neurology support, bereavement support and day care for patients across a 1,600 square mile area, including Ryedale, Scarborough, Whitby, Filey, Bridlington, and Driffield.
Last year the support from the community helped to care for over 2000 patients.
It covers the largest geographical area of any hospice in Britain other than the highlands of Scotland.