The new Salvation Army charity shop welcomed its first customers to Morecambe’s Arndale shopping centre on Thursday 23rd July. The opening ceremony was a hit with eager Arndale shoppers, as they watched The Salvation Army’s Captain Mark Spencer, accompanied by his wife, Captain Jane Spencer, give his blessing and cut the ribbon, officially opening the new shop.
A crowd of shoppers had gathered outside the shop by 10:30am, ready to root through the range of bargains on offer, and the friendly team of Salvation Army staff and volunteers enjoyed a very busy first day of trading. Area Manager, Ann Penny, was delighted to see so many members of the local community coming together: “The new shop is in a fantastic central location and we’ve received so many lovely positive comments. We had a very successful first day – people were in and out of the changing rooms, and the handbags in particular were flying off the shelves!”
Ann continued: “We are always looking for volunteers to join our team at the shop and we’d like to encourage anybody who’s interested to pop in and talk to our friendly staff. There’s a whole range of tasks to get involved with, including merchandising, steaming and hanging clothes, ticketing and coding and we provide training on all aspects of the work. We rely on the generosity of our volunteers, so if you think you can spare any time at all, from a few hours to a few days a week, please do get in touch.
“We’re always grateful to accept donations from the public, whether it’s clothes, shoes, accessories or homewares. We only ask that items are clean and in good condition.”