British Heart Foundation criticised for refurb

PUBLISHED: 19:34 16 June 2008 | UPDATED: 21:36 26 October 2009

The BHF shop in Fretherne Road, WGC

The BHF shop in Fretherne Road, WGC

A NEW charity shop designed to make money to put to its foundation has been accused of wasting cash on 'needless' refurbishment. The British Heart Foundation has opened a new store in WGC town centre on Fretherne Road, to the criticism of nearby shop work

A NEW charity shop designed to make money to put to its foundation has been accused of wasting cash on "needless" refurbishment.

The British Heart Foundation has opened a new store in WGC town centre on Fretherne Road, to the criticism of nearby shop workers who have witnessed a large overhaul of the shop's facilities.

The charity shop occupies the unit which was once plush woman's clothing store Brooks.

Onlookers who watched the shop be gutted and then refitted to the BHF's liking have branded the redevelopment a waste of money which could have been used better by the charity.

One town centre worker said: "That shop was in such good condition that it really didn't need to be touched, but the fact that it is a charity shop makes it worse, because they really didn't need to spend charity money doing it up.

"They ripped out all the laminate flooring, took down top security shutters and have even moved the doors to a different place.

"It all seems needless when the money they are spending to do up a perfectly decent shop is charity money."

A spokeswoman for the shop, which is now open, believed the money spent was justified.

"We have a programme for refurbishment and this shop has followed it," she said.

"Like any business we have to make the shop suitable for our needs and will redesign any new premises to do so.

"Each shop we have makes around £35,000 a year which covers all refurbishment costs. We have to redesign new shops in keeping with our image to keep customers coming in to our stores.

"This is all in our standard refurbishment code.

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