Bexhill pop-up shop seeks new home

The pop-up shop in Bexhill
The pop-up shop in Bexhill

A group of volunteers have become victims of their own success as the empty shop they were using has been successfully let to a business.

The volunteers set out to make good use of the vacant premises as a pop-up book store while the landlord searched for a tenant.

Naomi Ridley, from charity HFS, said: “It’s great news the landlord has found a tenant, bringing another shop to the town centre. Our town centre has far too many empty shops which give visitors a poor impression of Bexhill and makes it harder for the traders who are here to keep going.

“We have really enjoyed running this project and we’d love to carry on, so if any landlords out there would like us to help them with an empty shop please do get in touch.”

The shop was filled with shelving and free books. The books are given away free of charge but people are welcome to make a donation, which goes to charity. So far more than £2,000 has been raised.

The funds raised are used to support DIY and craft skills sessions for women in Rother Refuge. HFS runs the sessions for victims of domestic violence to boost their confidence and self-esteem.

Volunteer Cathy Wilson said: “I’m very happy to be part of a volunteer group that has saved thousands of books from landfill. It’s great to see people browsing the books and enjoying reading. It’s also very sociable; people love to chat so I’ve got to know more people in Bexhill and I work with a lovely group of fellow volunteers. Joining with HFS means we’re raising funds for a practical, worthwhile cause.”

The shop will be open until June 2.

The bookshop at 50 Devonshire Road and the HFS store in London Road are both open six days a week.

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