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People now have an extra reason to visit Plymouth Garden Centre at Crownhill and it’s one that’s set to grow our retail income!

In a first for St Luke’s, we have recently opened a brand new charity shop within the garden centre and it’s already attracting green-fingered types who are popping in after they’ve stocked up on plants and all manner of other garden goodies, as well as those who visit the centre because they love the on-site coffee shop. On hand to cut the ribbon at the launch of the shop – which has replaced the store at Crownhill shops – was long-serving volunteer, Joan Pearce.
Shop Manager, Ros Freeman, said: “We’re already benefiting from the high footfall at the garden centre. People think it’s a bit different to have a charity shop here and because the name St Luke’s really means something to the community and they’re showing their support.
“Me and the fantastic volunteers I work with are really enjoying meeting customers, and we’ve got lots of good quality bargains for them to browse through and buy.

“I’m retiring from the shop soon and it’s a wonderful feeling to know it’s now up and running and that the wonderful team mean it’s in such safe hands.”