New shop smashes Shel­ter’s UK record

Top first day sales

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Edel Ke­nealy

The open­ing of Shel­ter Scot­land’s new fur­ni­ture store at The Ruther­glen Ex­change has as­tounded the char­ity’s bosses by smash­ing records for open­ing day sales.

The hous­ing and home­less­ness char­ity said that by the end of Fri­day, July 14, they had brought in £5,011 – the high­est fig­ure for any first day’s trad­ing by a Shel­ter char­ity shop any­where in the UK.

A queue of peo­ple had formed be­fore the store opened.

Ali­son Watson, Shel­ter Scot­land deputy di­rec­tor, said: “It was my first op­por­tu­nity to visit the shop in Ruther­glen and the qual­ity and va­ri­ety of the items was just out­stand­ing.

“There was an en­thu­si­as­tic queue of cus­tomers wait­ing for the store to open, some of whom had been there for an hour, and the first sale had been made sec­onds after I cut the rib­bon.

“It’s fan­tas­tic to get this sort of re­sponse be­cause I can’t em­pha­sise how im­por­tant our shops are to keep­ing our ser­vices avail­able free to peo­ple when they are strug­gling with home­less­ness or bad hous­ing.”

Carolanne Nolan, man­ager of the Shel­ter Scot­land shop in Ruther­glen, said: “We can’t thank the peo­ple of Ruther­glen enough for such a bril­liant first day’s trad­ing.

“Not only did we have an ex­cel­lent day of sales we also had peo­ple drop­ping off do­na­tions and sign­ing up to vol­un­teer.

“We’re off to a great start in Ruther­glen and we are look­ing forward to do­ing our bit to en­sure that ev­ery­one has a safe, se­cure and af­ford­able home.”

The store is open seven days a week.

Any­one who has fur­ni­ture to do­nate can con­tact the store or or­gan­ise a free collection by call­ing 0141 530 8835.

Top team The Shel­ter char­ity shop has en­joyed a great start to life in Ruther­glen

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