Red Cross store reopens following refurbishment

Staff and volunteers at the recently refurbished Red Cross store on West High Street.
Staff and volunteers at the recently refurbished Red Cross store on West High Street.

The British Red Cross store on East High Street, Forfar, has just reopened its doors after being closed four weeks for refurbishment.

And staff and volunteers were eager to show off the great new look at the ribbon cutting ceremony at the shop last week.

Area manager Richard Boyd and store manager Elaine Taylor were on hand to open the shop - the larger of the two Red Cross sites on East High street - and welcome members of the public in to enjoy refreshments while browsing the donated goods on offer.

Mr Boyd was delighted with the success of the opening as well as the refurbishment itself - the first refurbishment to take place at the shop in its near 20-year history.

He told the Dispatch: “We have to thank the Forfar public, both for their patience during the time the shop was closed and for their donations to the store over the past few months and years which have allowed us to fund this refurbishment.

“We’ve been open for nearly 20 years and this is our first refit.

“I have to give an absolutely massive thanks to the team for their efforts here, for the refurbishment and in general before that.”

Store manager Elaine was equally thrilled with the fresh look, and revealed that British Red Cross will be using the refurbishment as a flagship template going forward if it proves successful for the Forfar team.

She said: “This is the first ever refurb we’ve done here and we wanted to go for a new look and concept, making the store look brighter and fresher - these have been some very big changes. The first room was a sort of showroom, but now we’ve gone for a more homely feeling concept.

“This is the flagship for the company if it goes well, with similar refurbishments getting rolled out elsewhere.”

There are 30 volunteers across the two stores in Forfar but the staff are eager for more volunteers to come on board - just pop into either store for more information.

Elaine is eager to continue the excellent donations of bric-a-brac, furniture and small electrics - among others- made pre-refurbishment.