Our retail empire is growing fast, with new shop openings every month. We plan to have more than 100 by the end of March. Retail stores are an important part of our income generation as they bring in over 15% of our annual revenue. Our shop openings are usually a cause for celebration in the local area, as some of these pictures show.
Three mayors and a town crier
A traditional town crier announced the launch of our Hanwell Fields shop in Banbury calling all customers to buy or donate items. His ‘oyez, oyez’ cry elicited the support of (from l to r) current Mayor of Banbury Nicholas Turner, our retail director Lynne McMahon, former Mayors Tony Ilot and John Donaldson, The Children’s Society trustee Sylvia Thomson, regional manager Trish Baxter and shop manager, Sue Bell.
You’ve been trolleyed
Our Consett shop has received donations from both the Santander Foundation (£2,100) and the new Tesco store in their town (£1,000) for The Children’s Society programmes.
Tesco store manager, Gary Ewart (left) was so pleased to hand over the cheque to Liam Stephenson, a volunteer from our Consett retail store, that he jumped in a trolley!
We’ve got Minnie and the Mayor (Cllr Martin Cox, centre), but Mickey Mouse was nowhere to be seen when our Burnham-on-Sea shop opened in the autumn. It didn’t matter however as the shop took an amazing £480 within the first 45 minutes of its opening.
Our shops are always looking for more stock donations, volunteers and, of course, customers. Find your nearest Children’s Society retail store