Our charity shop in Warner’s End has reopened following a renovation, to become Rennie Grove's first community hub shop.
The shop closed at lunchtime on 20 August for a renovation that has seen the space brightened up to become an inviting place for local people to shop, as well as adding a new community noticeboard to host messages to and from customers. It reopened again on Friday 2 September following a ribbon-cutting ceremony.
Some of the first people to see the space were the shop’s loyal volunteers. They were greeted by a new look space that had fresh lighting and flooring as well as a new colour palette of the charity’s signature purple, paired with muted lilac. In line with the focus on reusing and recycling that is core to the charity shop’s purpose, the new till area was created from recycled units.
Nicola Flood, our Buying, Merchandising & Business Development Manager, explains:
“The Warner’s End shop has long been a hub of the community from its position on Stoneycroft. The shop is so well supported by the volunteers who work there and the customers who both donate and buy goods that we knew this was the perfect site to unveil our first community hub.
“In refreshing this shop, we really wanted to give the local community a space to meet, shop and socialise. We couldn’t run our charity shops without the local people who donate goods, volunteer their time and shop there. We wanted to bring to life how much this support means to us and give the community of Warner’s End a shop that is fit for the future.”
The ribbon was cut by Deborah Gould, our Director of Retail and Trading, accompanied by the shop’s valued volunteers.
Louise Bloomfield from Hemel Hempstead who has volunteered at the Warner’s End shop for 22 years, says:
“This shop really is a community hub. In my time volunteering here, I have come to know a lot of the customers who visit regularly, both to donate and shop. The newly renovated shop is a welcoming space that local people can meet and shop in. I know it will be very popular with our customers and I’m proud to be a volunteer here.”
We could not operate our network of 25 shops without the support of volunteers who give up their time to work in the stores. If you would be interested in volunteering in your local Rennie Grove shop, visit www.renniegrove.org/volunteer or call us on 01442 890222 to find out more.