Traders' fears after Hanley charity shop shuts suddenly

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Shop owners have expressed their concern after a charity shop suddenly closed in the city centre.

Farplace Animal Rescue Charity Shop in Town Road, Hanley, unexpectedly shut and has now been completely gutted.

The shop has a for sale/to let sign up outside.

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Farplace replaced Poundstretcher several years ago, opposite the Potteries Centre.

Staff at City Cafe, which is directly next door to what was Farplace, are ‘gutted’ about the closure.

Steph Marshall said: “I’ve just come back to work, but my boss has said Farplace was good for us, so we’re a bit gutted.

“Anything there would be good for business.”

Nearby Nail Creations is also sad to see Farplace go.

Farplace, Hanley, is closed

A store spokesman said: “We don’t want it to close. We sometimes go in there to have a look.

“We don’t want any more shops to close – we want everything to reopen.

“It has been difficult during the pandemic, but things are easier now.”

But Armstrong’s Health and Herbal Store, which has been situated in Town Road since 1906, is not sorry to see the charity shop go.

The owner, who did not wish to be named, said: “It has not done any favours for us.

“It was good when it was Poundstretcher. People never seem to come in from the charity shop.

“I’ve been here for five years and it was OK as it was, but Poundstretcher brought in more business as people used it for a lot of different reasons. It brought more people up to this end of town.”

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