Charity shop in Northampton town centre stands empty after shutting its doors last week

A long-standing charity shop in Northampton town centre's high street has shut its doors.

Monday, 30th December 2019, 10:29 am
Updated Tuesday, 31st December 2019, 9:24 am
The Marie Curie charity shop in Abington Street now stands empty after closing last week.

Work crews took down the last of the shelving at the Marie Curie shop in Abington Street on last week and now it stands empty.

In the past year, several large charity shops have opened up on the same row next to the Marie Curie store, including Scope, Barnardos and the Hope Centre pop-up shop.

Meanwhile, the Salvation Army opened its 10,000 square-foot 'great big charity superstore' further up the street in 2017.

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A spokeswoman for Marie Curie - a charity that supports hospice services and palliative care - said: “We are sorry to be leaving Abington Street, the Marie Curie Shop has served the local community for almost five years.

"A recent review shows that it is no longer financially viable for us to continue running this shop and sadly therefore we closed the shop on 24th December 2019, when the lease expired.

“In this challenging climate, we have to make sure that we operate as efficiently and effectively as possible so that we are able to raise the vital funds we need to provide care and support to people living with a terminal illness and their families.”