Salvation Army to close one of its charity shops in Polegate

THE SALVATION ARMY is to close one of its two popular charity shops in Polegate town centre.

Salvation Army Trading Company Ltd (SATCoL) has confirmed that the High Street shop has closed. But the larger shop at Unit 4, The Centre, will remain open for business.

Nick Morton, head of retail operations at Salvation Army Trading Company Ltd (SATCoL), said: “I can confirm that SATCoL will not be renewing the lease on our High Street shop in Polegate and the shop is now closed. It was a difficult decision to make, however we have a larger shop at Unit 4, The Centre, Polegate which is remaining open.”

Mr Morton paid tribute to the workers at the High Street outlet who have worked selflessly for the shop which funds work with homeless services, family tracing, elderly care and other services nationwide.

Mr Morton added: “We thank the High Street staff and volunteers for their fantastic work in running the shop to raise money for The Salvation Army. We’d also like to extend our gratitude to all the customers who have supported us over the years and encourage them to continue donating and shopping with us at our remaining Polegate shop.”

Maxine Maher has applied to move into the former High Street shop to set up a larger office for her ‘Diamond Care’ home care business with 14 employees - nearly all of them live in the town.

In a planning statement, she wrote: “The larger premises will allow us to accommodate increased staffing levels thereby providing employment prospects within Polegate.”