New pop-up shops thanks to grant

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POP UP fur­ni­ture re­claim shops are set to help Conwy res­i­dents on low in­comes. So­cial en­ter­prise Crest Co-op­er­a­tive has re­ceived a £2,500 cash in­jec­tion from the Big Lottery small grants pro­ject to run pop-up fur­ni­ture, elec­tri­cal and cloth­ing shops, at four lo­ca­tions in the Conwy county. The shops will run once a month over the next year.

The first shop will pop-up at Llan­r­wst Youth and Com­mu­nity Cen­tre on Watling Street (next to the swimming pool) to­mor­row (Fri­day), Oc­to­ber 9 from 10am2pm. The aim is to help peo­ple on low in­comes and res­i­dents who do not have ac­cess to trans­port.

Llan­r­wst shop­pers can browse a range of so­fas, ta­bles, wardrobes, home elec­tri­cal ap­pli­ances and cloth­ing. In­ter­est free pay­ment plans will be on of­fer, for shop­pers who are strug­gling to pay in full.

Crest Co-op­er­a­tive’s pop up shops have al­ready proved a hit with Kin­mel Bay res­i­dents. Ten­ants from hous­ing as­so­ci­a­tion Cartrefi Conwy have ben­e­fited from the events. Plans are now in place to bring pop-up shops to Llan­fair­fechan and the Peul­wys hous­ing es­tate in Llysfaen.

Sarah Jones, Peul­wys Com­mu­nity House De­vel­op­ment Man­ager, for Cartrefi Conwy said: “The ten­ants will ben­e­fit from the pop shops as it will be lo­cal in their com­mu­nity, value for money, es­pe­cially with the ben­e­fit and uni­ver­sal credit changes.

“We are giv­ing the ten­ants an al­ter­na­tive route to fur­ni­ture rather than go­ing down the route of big stores and buy­ing items on fi­nance,” she added.

Crest Co-op­er­a­tive has four fur­ni­ture re­claim and com­mu­nity shops in Llan­dudno, Llan­dudno Junction and Col­wyn Bay and works closely with the lo­cal au­thor­ity to col­lect and re­use tex- tiles, elec­tri­cals and fur­ni­ture.

Rod Wil­liams, Oper­a­tions Di­rec­tor, at Crest Co-op­er­a­tive said: “The pop-up shops are a great way for Crest Co-op­er­a­tive to of­fer our shop ser­vices to ru­ral and hard to reach com­mu­ni­ties. We hope that it helps res­i­dents on low in­comes and res­i­dents who are un­able to travel far to reach our ser­vices.

“We are re­ally look­ing for­ward to com­ing to Llan­r­wst and have had the sup­port of lo­cal res­i­dents and the town coun­cil,” he added.

Shop­pers can visit Crest’s Llan­r­wst pop-up shop on Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 9, from 10am-2pm. For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion visit crest­co­op­er­a­, search for Crest Co-op­er­a­tive on Face­book or @ cre­stre­cy­cle on Twit­ter.

Crest Co-op­er­a­tive is hav­ing a pop-up shop at Llan­r­wst Youth and Com­mu­nity Cen­tre to­mor­row (Fri­day), Oc­to­ber 9. Pic­tured are some of the team mem­bers get­ting ready

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