SHOPPERS in the East End of Glasgow will later this month be able to enjoy the benefits of a 10,000 sq ft furniture store operated by Emmaus, the charity and social enterprise organisation.
Emmaus has taken over the former premises of the Kwik Save supermarket chain in Summer Street, Bridgeton, next to the Iceland outlet.
The latest Emmaus retail outlet will offer a wide range of restored furniture and customers will have the opportunity to pick up antique pieces which have been refurbished at the charity’s workshop in Hamiltonhill in the north of the city at bargain prices.
The Emmaus community of 22 former homeless men and women opened in Glasgow two years ago and is part of a movement covering 400 international communities, including 13 in the United Kingdom.
Members of the community do not draw unemployment benefit from the State, and generate income for their community by doing a variety of jobs such as furniture restoration, deliveries and working in the community’s retail outlets. Any profits made are put towards opening new communities.
Dermot Lamb, executive manager of the Glasgow community, said: “This is the most ambitious project we have undertaken and should provide a real service for the local communities of Bridgeton, Dalmarnock, Calton and Parkhead although we are expecting to draw customers from further afield as the furniture donated to us has all been restored to a high standard and there will be a range of different styles from antique to modern.”
Dermot Lamb added: “We believe the new store will be the largest charity store in Glasgow and the space we have available will allow us to lay out the goods in a way that allows customers to view them properly.”
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