A CHARITY has confirmed that it will be closing it's popular shop in an East Staffordshire town. The announcement from Newlife comes despite shoppers campaigning to keep the much-loved shop in Uttoxeter's High Street. We reported last month that Newlife, which is a charity for disabled children based in Cannock, had been looking for alternative premises in the East Staffordshire town as their lease on the current premises, at 9 High Street, was coming to an end.
However, the charity has now confirmed that they will no longer be remaining in Uttoxeter, and that their High Street charity shop will close on Saturday, March 30.
A spokesman for the charity said: “Despite every effort and consideration of the alternatives, we regret that we must confirm that our Uttoxeter store will close at end of day, on Saturday, March 30.
“As per our previous statements, we have endeavoured for many months to find an alternative property in the area that would make it commercially viable for us to remain in the town.
“We have continued to view properties, even those that have closed in the last few weeks.
“Sadly this has not been possible, hence this statement. Like many other retailers at this time, nationally and locally, difficult decisions have to be made.
“Our first thoughts are for the great team of staff we have in the store and every effort is being made to support them. We would like to publicly thank them sincerely for their service.
“We would also like to take this opportunity to say a huge thank all our local customers for their support. It has been a pleasure to get to know many of you.
“We would also like to take this opportunity to assure all, that had it been in any way commercially viable to remain in the town, we certainly would have taken the opportunity to do this.
“We have enjoyed being part of the town and community, so we will continue to monitor the area for suitable property availability, over the year ahead.”
As for if there are going to be any redundancies made within the Uttoxeter shop staff, the spokesman added: “As we are still working with the staff at the store to explore other opportunities for them to continue their employment with us, we are not in a position at this time to confirm the number of staff affected.”
New Life Charity Shop shopper and Uttoxeter resident Ginny Gibson had written to the trustees of the charity to appeal for them to keep the shop open in Uttoxeter.
Ginny said: “It is very sad news that the trustees of Newlife have taken the decision to leave Uttoxeter, despite receiving letters from the ladies of Uttoxeter asking them to change their minds.
“At least we tried to highlight our concerns.”
Uttoxeter Town Mayor Alison Trenery said: “I am really sorry to see Newlife closing.
“It is a very popular shop and constantly busy, and in particular is one of the best outlets in town for young people to buy clothes they like at good prices.
“The town hall staff have given Newlife staff ideas on other empty premises in town which Newlife could follow up, and I know many members of the public were also actively encouraging them to seek out alternative premises locally.
“I had hoped they would follow up on these and find suitable alternative premises from which to continue offering the town such a good service.”
Customers wishing to continue to shop with Newlife, can find more information on the locations of our stores and opening times at www.newlifestores.co.uk
We are the only family run, independent newspaper and magazine business in Staffordshire, established 1896. We are home to three weekly newspapers – The Cheadle and Tean Times (aka The Stunner), The Uttoxeter Echo and The Blythe and Forsbrook Times.
We also produce Peeps into the Past, a bi-monthly nostalgic glimpse into our photographic archives, and three bi-monthly glossy lifestyle magazines – Stone and Eccleshall Life, Leek Life and Newcastle Life.
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5 Church Street, Uttoxeter, Staffs ST14 8AG (Uttoxeter Office is a postal address only)