A SHOP has reopened after three years away from the high street.

St Luke’s Hospice charity shop is back open in Middlewich, having closed in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Since then, the store has undergone a “vital” refurbishment and the doors have now swung back open.

Shop manager, Lisa Cooke, is delighted to be back and to begin welcoming customers once again.

She said: “We are so pleased that our Middlewich shop is reopening.

“It is a key part of the community and we look forward to welcoming all our lovely volunteers and customers back to the shop.

“We are very excited to be part of the community and the high street once again and to be able to raise vital funds for the hospice.”

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Northwich Guardian: The shop closed in 2020 due to the pandemicThe shop closed in 2020 due to the pandemic (Image: St Luke's Hospice)

Since its closure three years ago the shop has undergone a major renovation.

An extension has been built at the rear of the site, which will be home to a children’s toys and clothing section.

There has also been extensive foundation work and modernisation internally.

In addition, the shop is now fully accessible, with disabled access to the front.

Claire Langston, director of income generation and communications, said: “The renovation has been very extensive, ensuring the longevity of the shop as well as improving the customer experience by extending and modernising.

“We are very excited to welcome back the community of Middlewich to the shop once again.”

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Northwich Guardian: The new children's sectionThe new children's section (Image: St Luke's Hospice)

St Luke’s Hospice’s Middlewich shop officially reopened at 10.30am on Wednesday, July 19.

A host of guests were invited down for the occasion, including year five pupils from St Mary’s Primary School and the town’s deputy mayor, councillor Simon Whittaker.

Also in attendance was 86-year-old Winsford resident Vera Rogers, who last month took on a wing walk for the charity, raising over £14,000.

The shop, located at 76 Wheelock Street, is open Monday to Saturday from 9.30am to 4.30pm.

Alongside the children’s section, the store offers a selection of bric-a-brac and ladies’ and men’s clothing, including high-end high street labels.

Northwich Guardian: Inside the renovated shopInside the renovated shop (Image: St Luke's Hospice)