Yet another charity shop set for Oxebode with YMCA
The Oxebode is soon going to be home to five charity shops.
When the YMCA store opens next week, it will join four others on the same street in Gloucester city centre.
The shop, which used to be in Northgate Street but closed earlier this year, will open on Monday in the former Oswald Bailey store.
The family-owned outdoor clothing and accessories store closed on March 17 after poor trade forced company bosses to take action.
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It had been trading for 23 years.
The YMCA store will sit alongside the Salvation Army, PDSA, Sue Ryder and Cancer Research shops.
District YMCA manager Duncan Albutt said: "We are really looking forward to coming back and opening again in the city.
"We have got staff in there at the moment making it ready for opening. It is starting to take shape."
The shop is also looking for volunteers to help in its running.
Mr Albutt added: "We need willing helpers who have a few hours to spare.
"People just need to drop in for more details."
But Mark Owen, chairman of the Gloucester branch of the Federation of Small Businesses, believes the city centre already contains enough charity shops.
He said: "Gloucester needs another charity shop like it needs a hole in the head.
"We all appreciate they do a great job, raise a lot of money, and it fills an empty unit, but it sends out the wrong message.
"If they are getting offered a reduced rate, why not offer a reduced rate to a proper retailer."