Lindsey Lodge Hospice has announced plans to create 11 new job opportunities across North Lincolnshire and in Gainsborough, thanks to a drive to expand its retail activities.
The charity-run Hospice, which is based on Burringham Road, Scunthorpe is creating a high street regeneration revolution by turning empty premises into high quality retail outlets, selling new and pre-loved goods to increase the much-needed revenue required to meet its £3.5 million annual running costs.
In the past two months Lindsey Lodge has already expanded its retail portfolio to 12 stores by opening a brand new shop in Crowle, a second shop in Barton and has plans to open new shops in Thorne, Scunthorpe High Street and Gainsborough, as well as moving to a larger premises in Epworth in the coming months.
Lindsey Lodge Hospice Chief Executive Karen Griffiths said: “This is an exciting time for the Hospice and our local community!
“The average high street has lost 40 shops in the last five years, this impacts on jobs and the local economy, so by regenerating shops that could stand empty for long periods of time and re-furbishing our existing ones, we’re aiming to offer a new alternative for shoppers to return back to high street shopping – while also supporting a very worthy local cause.
“We’re introducing our Lindsey’s brand onto the high street, offering a hand-picked selection of pre-loved high street and designer brands for men and women, vintage and retro goods and a range of brand new home and giftware, as well as branching out into furniture and white goods.”
She added: “When you donate, or buy something from our charity retail outlets, you’re directly supporting North Lincolnshire patients and their families. You are also supporting a more sustainable environment, through re-use and recycling and reducing landfill.”
Lindsey Lodge will open its new shop on King Street in Thorne on 27 November, with plans to close its Laneham Street store for refurbishment on 24 December, while launching its new store on Scunthorpe High Street (formerly Dee Jays) during January. It also opened a central Retail Distribution and Donation Centre on Crosby Road, Scunthorpe in September.
Karen said: “We’re currently concluding negotiations to expand our portfolio in Gainsborough and Epworth, which we aim to complete during January, hence the need to recruit new staff.”
The Hospice has already created two new full time roles for retail managers, and is now recruiting for 11 substantive retail supervisor posts with a mixture of full time and part time hours available. Full details of all of these vacancies can be found on the Lindsey Lodge Hospice here