Hinckley losing Mind charity shop as it closes its doors for good tomorrow

Mason Moore & Vaughan Moore | 10 June 2022

MENTAL HEALTH charity Mind are permanently closing the doors to their clothing charity shop in Hinckley for good tomorrow (Saturday, 11 June).

Castle Street, Hinckley town centre (Image: Mason Moore) / Inset (Image: Mason Moore)

The announcement was made in a poster which has been signposted to their front doors.

The sign simply reads: “This shop is closing: 11th June. Sadly this shop will be closing it’s doors for the last time on Sat 11th June. For your nearest Mind shop please visit www.mind.org.uk/mindshops. Thank you for all your support.”

Their furniture shop, directly two doors away, remains unaffected and will continue to stay open and trading, the Hinckley Free Press have learnt from a store spokesperson.

Andrew Vale, Director of Retail for Mind, said: “We’re sad to confirm that the Mind shop in Hinckley, at 68 Castle Street, will be permanently closing on Saturday 11 June.

“We want to say a huge thank you to our staff, volunteers, donors, and shoppers for their continued support over the last 20 years.

“As a charity, we regularly monitor and review the current and long-term profitability of all our shops to make sure we are using our resources as effectively as possible to maximise our income and allow us to make the biggest impact. Unfortunately, we have had to make the difficult decision to close this store.

“A large proportion of our income comes from our Mind shops across England and Wales. We depend on the generosity of our supporters in order to continue our vital work, which is more important than ever as we continue to feel the impact of the pandemic and cost of living crisis.

“The Mind furniture store remains open at 72-74 Castle Street, and we really hope Hinckley residents continue to shop with us and donate to help make sure we can be there for the one in four who experience a mental health problem every year.”

The nearest Mind clothing and homeware retail branch is on Lutterworth Road in the nearby town of Blaby, just a 19 minute drive away, near Narborough and Enderby.

However, Hinckley has recently welcomed a brand new charity shop named Sense into its high street. It opened its doors two months ago, back on Tuesday, 19 April, inside of the former Dorothy Perkins womenswear store.

And, as the Free Press reported three days ago, Hinckley’s former regional Age UK charity shop on Castle Street is being given a brand new lease of life as a new pet and reptile supply store, which is set to open in two weeks’ time on Wednesday, 22 June.

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