WORK is getting underway on a long-awaited refurbishment of St Luke’s Hospice’s biggest charity shop.
The Crookes branch is the Sheffield hospice’s flagship store, but has had a rundown appearance ever since the charity moved into its disused former petrol station premises.
Work will begin in the new year remodelling the site, including improvements to the shop front and former filling station forecourt and the creation of improved car parking.
Soon the expanded store will include a bigger range of clothing and household goods, and new specialist areas for vintage and entertainment items.
And, for the first time, the hospice will launch a dedicated furniture store in a new unit next door.
St Luke’s has taken over the neighbouring former Horse and Rider shop, which will be opened as a temporary St Luke’s shop in early January.
“We know the current shop-front is letting down the Crookes high street, and the decaying condition of the interior means big improvements are needed inside as well,” said the hospice’s retail development manager Darren Sterling.
“And we know there’s a lot of potential to grow our furniture business because we’re currently having to turn away donations we’d love to accept.
“Crookes is our only furniture store and people already come from all over Sheffield to shop there but in the shop as it is there’s simply no room to expand, which is why we are undertaking this major development.”
The shop already generates more than £250,000 a year, which goes directly into funding patient care at St Luke’s Hospice in Whirlow.
The new shop will open in April, when the Horse and Rider shop will become the dedicated home of the St Luke’s furniture store.
“We promise the new shop will offer the same quality, value and treasure house of bargains that everybody knows and loves,” said Darren.
“The new Crookes store will be Sheffield’s biggest full-range charity shop.”
The hospice will provide more information in the store, on signs outside, and on its website www.stlukeshopsice.org.uk as work progresses.
A new Crookes St Luke’s Facebook page will also have up-to-date details on the project.