New shop smashes Shelter’s UK record
Top first day sales
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