New lease of life for Comet store as charity shop moves in
NEW life will be breathed into one of Gloucester's former Comet stores as a huge charity shop moves in.
St Oswald's retail park will be home to England's biggest second-hand furniture donation centre, run by the YMCA.
They are leasing the building until a buyer can be found.
Electrical supplier Comet closed its doors for the last time in December after falling into administration.
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Some have welcomed the news that the unit will be filled, but others believe a new charity shop is the last thing the city needs.
Gloucester City Council leader Paul James said: "It is much better to have the building being used than have it sitting there empty."
But Mark Owen, chairman of the Federation of Small Businesses in Gloucester, said: "When it opened I said we needed it like a hole in the head. We need this like two holes in the head."
The store will open on January 28 and will be home to furniture such as wardrobes, sofas, curtains, tables and chairs.
Money raised for purchases will go to YMCA which is the world's oldest youth charity, helping provide young people with a safe place to live and providing them with training schemes.
Geraldine Jacobs, shop support manager, said: "It is going to be major for us. We pop-up in places that are up for sale but this unit is huge and we are hoping that we will have a long stay."
The announcement will spark fresh concerns that charity shops are stepping into the graveyard of big name brands that have collapsed.
YMCA opened its existing charity shop in The Oxebode in 2012.
But Geraldine said: "It will have everything you need to revamp your home and people will find bargains."
They need volunteers to man the store. Call 07969 590486 if you can help or call 01242 241633 to have donations collected.