A new out of town LOROS store, showroom and donation centre is opening this month in Wigston Magna.
With an official VIP launch scheduled for February, the opening of the store, at 56 Pullman Road will be the largest of the 29 LOROS county stores to date. It follows the lease of the former Parkside Tiles premises by leading Leicestershire commercial property specialist Andrew and Ashwell.
Sold by Andrew and Ashwell to a property investment company, the single storey, triple-bay warehouse and showroom site has proved the perfect match for the future needs of the expanding charity.
The local hospice charity has helped thousands of Leicestershire and Rutland families receive dedicated, specialist care over the past 35 years. With 2,800 sq ft of shopping space, plus extensive storage, the new LOROS outlet will include a coffee bar and cook shop, as well as furniture and clothing for sale, allowing customers to park up, drop off goods and browse the store.
In recent weeks the premises has undergone refurbishment, in line with its new role as a major out of town platform for LOROS. The store will provide a convenient drop off point for donations and shopping with onsite parking to boost fund raising through the sale of recycled furniture, homeware and clothing.
Geoff Gibson for Andrew and Ashwell said: “LOROS was looking for a suitable, out of town property to rent, with storage and parking on site, so when this property came up we approached the new owner, who was happy to go ahead. We were able to arrange the lease without it going to market, alongside surveyor Micheil Gibson, acting for LOROS.
“We wish the charity every success in this important new venture.”
Jonathan Capewell, LOROS Head of Retail, is delighted with plans for the launch of the charity’s first ‘superstore’.
“This is a very exciting development for us, as we had been searching for larger, out of town premises that would be convenient both for shopping and donations,” said Jonathan.
“High street shopping, with limited parking, can sometimes be difficult, especially if you have heavy bags to drop off and the new Wigston store will make it all so much easier.”
With a new store also scheduled to open in Oadby in the New Year, donations remain key to LOROS fund raising, he added.
“As new shops open, we will of course need more donations to stock them and we look forward to receiving as many unwanted home and clothing items as people are able to give.”