RSPCA taking on Hinckley’s former Mind charity shop – and they will open ‘over the next few weeks’

Mason Moore & Vaughan Moore | 16 June 2022

AN ANIMAL welfare charity are to take on Hinckley’s former Mind charity shop space.

Hinckley’s former Mind shop (Image: Mason Moore) / Inset (Image: RSPCA)

It was just last Saturday (11 June) that the Mind charity shop – based at 68 Castle Street – stopped serving shoppers for the last time, after trading for 20 years.

A spokesperson for the charity said this was a ‘difficult decision’ to be made by bosses, who “regularly monitor and review the current and long-term profitability of all shops”.

But, just days after the closure, the Hinckley Free Press had spotted that the property had been placed “under offer”, meaning that an offer has been accepted, but the contracts have not yet been exchanged.

And, we were further tipped off by town-goers that the RSPCA were poised to become the newest takers of the unit, which would mark their first time trading with a shop in Hinckley.

An RSPCA spokesperson confirmed that they are headed to Hinckley, as their Coalville town centre branch is closing down for good and re-locating to Hinckley’s high street.

The spokesperson explained: “We are indeed opening a charity shop at this address in Hinckley over the next few weeks. We are closing our shop in Coalville and moving a staff member from there to the new Hinckley premises.

“We have asked the Mind shop’s previous manager if she would like to work for us and she has agreed, so the manager will remain the same person at these premises. This means that the Mind shop’s loyal shop volunteers are going to be happy to continue.

“We are very excited by this new charity retail premises for us.”

This will mark the newest charity shop to set up shop in Hinckley town centre.

Back on Tuesday, 19 April, national charity Sense set up a new charity shop inside of the former Dorothy Perkins womenswear store on Castle Street, near Market Place.

As the Free Press reported one week and two days ago, Hinckley’s former regional Age UK charity shop is to re-open as a pet and reptile supplies store on 22 June.

Castle Street is also in the process of welcoming a new cross-branded vape shop and laptop repair shop named ‘VapeMax and TechMax’ in the former PDSA charity shop.

This will join a new coffeehouse named The Wild Lotus located next door to the Optical People, who are in the process of setting up shop, with hopes to open in July.

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