TEAMS at the Salvation Army and the Cats Protection are ‘delighted’ to welcome people back when they re-open service on Monday (April 12).
The Shakespeare Street store was closed in January along with other non-essential retail outlets due to Covid-19 restrictions. Throughout the pandemic, the church and charity has continued to serve the community by handing out food parcels, furniture, clothing and energy top-ups to struggling families, isolated older people and rough sleepers. They will be reopening their charity shop and café takeaway.
Church leader Captain Alison Hutchings, who leads the Southport church with her husband Captain Michael, said: “We are really excited to see our regular customers back and welcome in new faces.
“Over the past 12 months, the charity shop has been open when restrictions have lifted, but our coffee shop has been closed since March 2020. People used to come and browse in the shop then pop next door for a cup of coffee, so it will be lovely for them to be able to do that again.
“We’ve continued to provide crisis care throughout the pandemic and are very much looking forward to continuing to be a hub for the community again. We want people to know we’re here for them. Thank you to everyone who has continued to support us over this difficult year.”
The charity shop stocks clothes, electricals, furniture and baby goods and will be open from Monday to Friday from 10.30am to 4.30pm and on Saturdays between 10am and 1pm. The coffee shop’s takeaway service will open between 11am and 3pm from Monday to Friday.
Meanwhile, the Cats Protection charity shop on Lord Street will have extra measures again in place to ensure the safety of everyone in stores, including limits on the numbers of customers, hand sanitising stations and rigorous cleaning. Staff will be ready and waiting to take in donations of good quality second-hand clothing, accessories, books and bric-a-brac. With so many people using lockdown as a time to have a clear-out it is expected there will be a considerable amount of donations to sort through, which also means there will be lots of new stock for customers to browse.
Area Retail Manager Sarah Jordan said: “We can’t wait to welcome back customers after such a long time but the safety of our staff, volunteers and customers is our highest priority and previously introduced safety measures will continue to be observed to help prevent the spread of coronavirus. It is great to know that we will once again be able to support the work of our network of volunteers in helping cats and kittens in need.”