New home for your Knaresborough community store

 

Your Saint Michael’s community store in Knaresborough moved this week, just next door into the former Yorkshire Bank premises at 36 Market Place.

To mark the occasion a sparkling grand-opening ceremony hosted by the Knaresborough Town Crier on Wednesday June 6 saw many savvy shoppers welcomed to the bigger, brighter space.

The new premises stocks nearly-new high street, vintage and designer label clothing, along with a variety of shoes and accessories, as well as antiques, homeware, toys, and books.

Val Hurst (centre) with shop manager Clare Rave (left) and Saint Michael's volunteer Margaret Knight (right).

Amongst revellers at the popular store opening was Val Hurst, the shop’s first customer, who wanted to ensure she was the ‘first to get my money in the till!’

“I was a regular customer of the previous Knaresborough store and I regularly donate and buy.

“I support Saint Michael’s because of a personal connection to the hospice, but I come to the shop so regularly because of the volunteers who work so hard, and are so friendly.

“This new store is amazing. The team have done such an incredible job to get it looking so great, and it is so spacious and attractive! I live locally so I can’t wait to come back,” Val said.

Locals who had previously delighted in the donated goods of the former Knaresborough community store, were also there to support the opening.

Karen Powell (left) with volunteer Margaret Knight (right)

“It looks absolutely amazing,” said Karen Powell, who owns a B&B nearby, “I have always donated and shopped at the former store because Saint Michael’s is such a local charity, and I like to give back to the community.

“I am just blown away by how nice the new store is – it doesn’t even look a charity shop!” She said.

Annie and Mel from Huddersfield enjoying the new store

Visitors from Huddersfield, Annie and Mel, regularly travel to Knaresborough for market day and were happy to have stumbled upon the official opening event.

“The new store is really lovely, we had previously been to the former shop next door but this new building is so big and I just love the layout!” said Annie.

Other bargain hunters commented on the library, giving shoppers more room to browse the extensive collection of new-to-you books and the delight at seeing the hard-work of Saint Michael’s volunteers and staff in transforming the space into such a quality charity shopping destination.

The Saint Michael’s retail volunteer team were recently shortlisted in the Destination Harrogate Hospitality and Tourism Awards in the category of Unsung Heroes.

Though the team were not successful in receiving the accolade in Volunteers’ Week, their welcoming nature and valuable skills in no small way contributed to Saint Michael’s community stores reaching a record breaking £1m of income this

financial year, an incredible contribution toward the £5m it costs to provide local hospice care each year.

Saint Michael’s charity shops, through donations from supporters and members of the public, help to raise vital funds for people living with terminal illness and bereavement across the Harrogate district.

As well as the community store in Knaresborough, Saint Michael’s has 10 other local shops across the district offering a wide range of donated goods, including a popular preloved furniture and homewares site House&Home. To discover all of

the shops across the district, head to www.saintmichaelshospice.org.

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