Oxfam has opened its first superstore in Oxford – the same location where the original Oxfam shop opened its doors over 70 years ago in 1948. At 18,500 sq ft the new concept store is twelve times bigger than the average Oxfam location and will sell clothes donated to the charity alongside ‘Sourced by Oxfam’ – a range of new ethically source homeware and gifts.
The new store has created eleven new jobs and several volunteering opportunities. The charity shop will also support Oxfam’s ‘Future Skills project’ – a volunteering, mentoring and training programme for women in the UK facing hurdles to building a better life.
Oxfam will double up as a community hub for people to work, volunteer, shop and donate. Customers can also visit the in-store café – housed in an old Oxfam water tank – and local groups and social enterprises are able to take advantage of dedicated meeting spaces.
Source: Retail Week