Leighton Buzzard's ExtraCare charity shop to close in May

Shoppers in Leighton Buzzard High Street are waving a sad farewell to ExtraCare charity shop.

By Joanna Gravett
Wednesday, 31st March 2021, 12:00 pm

The store will be closing on May 15 due to a decline in profits over the last four years, after first opening in town during 2006.

The charity made the announcement on social media earlier this month, and hopes that customers will support the shop's final opening days from April 12.

An ExtraCare spokeswoman, said: “It is with regret that we are announcing the closure of our Leighton Buzzard shop on the May 15, 2021.

ExtraCare charity shop, Leighton Buzzard. Photo: ExtraCare.

"The shop opened in 2006 and for many years traded profitably generating funds to support some of the more vulnerable residents in our retirement villages.

"However, profits have been declining year on year for the last four years which has ultimately led to our decision to close the shop when the lease ends.

"This is not a reflection on the dedication and commitment of our staff or volunteers but is simply the result of the circumstances we currently find ourselves in.

"We will be re-opening the shop on the April 12 and look forward to welcoming back our customers and to personally thanking them for their support over the years.”

What are your thoughts about ExtraCare charity shop closing? Perhaps you used to work there and have fond memories of its staff and volunteers?