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Bargains galore at revamped St Clare Hospice shop

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St Clare Hospice, which cares for people living with terminal or life-limiting illnesses across the West Essex and East Herts border, has revamped its busiest shop.

The outlet at St James Centre, East Road, Harlow, first opened 25 years ago in 1991 and has become a mecca for bargain hunters.

Shop manager, Kevin Stocker said, "Since we opened our doors to the new look shop on June 18, we have been really busy. We are selling all adult clothing for £2 each, which means you could come away from our clearance outlet with a fantastic new outfit for a tenner! That has to be a bargain!

Volunteers Christine Wright, Chloe McIntyre, Sarah Lee, Kevin Stocker (manager) and Corinne Ward (57514023)
Volunteers Christine Wright, Chloe McIntyre, Sarah Lee, Kevin Stocker (manager) and Corinne Ward (57514023)

"Shoppers can get four kids' clothing items for £2 so it is great value for the whole family which we know is important these days. We are keen to let people know that we have some high street brand names on our rails; Next, Marks & Spencer, H&M and Tu are just a few. Just because it is £2 doesn't mean it is low quality.

"What is also great is, people are coming along to buy, and just as importantly, they are also bringing good quality donations for us to sell. Our feet haven't touched the ground, but the staff and volunteers love it as there is a great buzz about the place now. Knowing that every sale we make helps pay for nursing and other specialist palliative care for local people is a real incentive."

The new shop layout means there is a large furniture area too with sofas, chairs, mirrors and more, and the shop can deliver locally for a fee.

New look clearance outlet (57514025)
New look clearance outlet (57514025)

Kevin added, "We know the importance of acknowledging and thanking our donors, so we have also introduced an improved donation drop area. We listened to feedback about the experience some people were having so we have a newly improved donation area so we can meet, greet and sign our donors up to our retail Gift Aid scheme. We hope our new customers love it as much as our loyal customers. We can't wait to get going every day and hear the tills ringing up the sales for St Clare Hospice."

The Harlow clearance outlet store is open seven days a week, 9.30am to 4.30pm.

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