EAGER bargain hunters were banging on the door before a new charity shop in Bognor Regis opened.
The savvy shoppers were too keen to save their pounds and pennies at the latest Salvation Army outlet.
The shop opened on Tuesday in premises on Queensway twice the size of its old shop a few doors away.
Lieutenant Marion Rouffet, of the town’s Salvation Army church, said: “People have literally been banging on the door every few minutes as we have been in there painting and preparing the layout because they had already spotted items they wanted to buy, everything from sewing machines to mobility scooters.
“We have been able to save a great range of clothing, bric-a-brac and electrical goods and continue to appreciate the generous donations of the people of the town and the surrounding area.”
The shop originally opened 12 years ago next to Lloyds Pharmacy at the northern end of Queensway.
The shift from there was mainly prompted by the desire of the unit’s owner, Cardamom Bay Restaurant, to take over the space. The restaurant has helped the Salvation Army move with a donation to cover some of the fitting out costs.
The bigger sorting space in the new shop, next to Pizza Hut, also allows the church to fully comply with the requirements for the safety of its staff.
An official celebration day for the premises will take place next month when new signs arrive. The shop has two staff and some 25 volunteers.
“They have pulled together in an incredible way to make this move happen and we could not have done it without them,” said Lt Rouffet.
“Being in the new premises is a great feeling for all involved and will also be much more pleasant for those who visit the shop.”
The Salvation Army is a church and a charity. Lt Rouffet said: “The money raised in the shop supports the work that we do in this town.
“This could be in providing a community space for people to meet, supporting children and families, emergency work, homeless services or providing vital social contact for those who are otherwise socially isolated.”
Many of the church’s children’s activities were fully subscribed purely as a result of word of mouth.
The shop helps to subsidise the cost of the events to keep the price low to enable as many families as possible to take part.
“The funds raised allow this vital work to be keep going in times when many groups and charities have found their funds being cut,” said Lt Rouffet.
More information about the church from Jonathan or Marion Rouffet on 01243 872043 or email email@example.com.