The pandemic in March forced Severn Hospice to close all 28 of its fundraising shops until the summer. And when the second English lockdown struck, it had to close them all again.
Now, all but two of its shops will be welcoming bargain hunters from Wednesday, including its Shrewsbury superstore – the largest charity shop in Shropshire.
Severn Hospice’s head of retail, Ross Henderson, said: “We really can’t wait. This has been a long time coming and we’ve missed seeing our loyal staff and volunteers and our incredibly generous supporters.
“To have to close all of our shops at the start of the pandemic was a real blow.
"We began to reopen them slowly, making sure they were all Covid-secure, and the superstore was among the last to reopen.
“The opening had been planned for November 4 but of course, we were unable to do that.
"It was very disappointing, so we’re really excited to finally be reopening next week.
“We have uncovered some great finds amongst the donations so why not come along when we reopen? You’re bound to find something you love.”
The superstore, which is on Beacalls Lane, will be open from 10am-6pm on December 3 and then from 9am-6pm Monday to Saturday. Sunday trading hours are 10am-4pm.
The final two shops to reopen, in Bishop’s Castle and Monkmoor, Shrewsbury, will resume trading on December 11.