Burley Browne helping hospice launch 15 new charity shops

Commercial | 12.07.2023

St Giles Hospice, based in Staffordshire, is embarking on a major expansion of its network of charity shops across the West Midlands in line with the launch of its new 2023-2026 strategy.

Commercial property consultancy Burley Browne has been instructed to support the Whittington-based charity in identifying suitable retail units at high street, retail park and trade counter locations.

Areas being targeted by the charity include Atherstone, Bilston, Coalville, Dudley, Nuneaton, Sutton Coldfield, Uttoxeter, Walsall, Wednesbury and West Bromwich.

David Hemming, Joint Managing Director at Burley Browne, said: “It is very satisfying to work alongside such a wonderful and well-regarded charity. St Giles Hospice’s community shop model embeds stores in their local environments, reflecting their communities and drawing strength from them.

St Giles Hospice already has 21 stores in its current portfolio and all are profitable and raise vital funds, ensuring St Giles can continue to care for local people, and their loved ones, living with a terminal illness. These will all be fully refitted and refurbished over the course of the next three years as outlined in their new strategic plan. Now in its 40th year, the charity is looking to extend its retail operations and we are looking for suitable properties across a wide geographic area with a view to opening a minimum of two new stores in 2023-24 and a total of 15 by 2026.”

David Underwood, Retail Development Manager at St Giles Hospice, said: “Our shops provide vital income to help us to continue to be there for local people, and their loved ones, living with a terminal illness. Shopping in our charity shops is also an important way to shop sustainably. Why buy new when there could be something just right for you at a lower cost, that supports your hospice! Our shoppers are increasingly interested in finding sustainable items and opportunities to mix new outfits with pre-loved fashion, so we’re excited to be working with Burley Browne to bring more St Giles Hospice shops to East Staffordshire, and across the West Midlands.”

Suitable sites can range for around 750 sq ft upto 5000 sq ft for the larger concept stores, such as the current stores in Mere Green and Burntwood, and must benefit from good visibility for passing trade and strong transport links with good access for donations.

Click here to view St Giles Hospice current store requirements, or to discuss further, contact David Hemming at david.hemming@burleybrowne.co.uk or call 07841 234160.

Burley Browne is one of the West Midlands’ leading independent commercial property consultants. It provides a comprehensive range of commercial property services to a wide variety of clients. These include private individuals and small businesses, through to pension funds, banks, property investors and developers, multi-national companies and national retail and leisure operators.

From its Sutton Coldfield head office, Burley Browne is unique in providing specialist knowledge provided by chartered surveyors specialising in each sector and discipline and covering Birmingham and Staffordshire areas (which include Sutton Coldfield, Lichfield, Tamworth and Walsall), whilst also serving the wider West Midlands region. Visit www.burleybrowne.co.uk for more information.