Allied Surveyors Scotland secures first East Lothian charity shop and hub for St Columba’s Hospice
St Columba’s Hospice will open its first charity shop and community hub in East Lothian next year thanks to a deal brokered by the new east coast commercial agency arm of Allied Surveyors Scotland plc.
The acquisition of 67 High Street in Haddington, a 1,000 sq ft retail unit, has been secured on a new 10-year lease from a private landlord. The premises were previously occupied by tour operator Thomas Cook.
“Haddington is a fast-growing market town in East Lothian and the shop we have acquired for the Hospice will give them fantastic street presence and a strong profile,” said Iain Mercer, director of commercial agency (east) for Allied Surveyors Scotland plc.
The charity, which supports individuals with life-limiting conditions and their families, currently has eight shops and aims to open its Haddington Branch in early 2019.
The new charity shop will act as a “hub” for the organisation, also accommodating office space for a community team which supports people across East Lothian in their own homes. In addition, it will offer a local meeting point for other health and social care professionals providing palliative care.
“One of our long-term goals has been to open a charity shop in East Lothian and Haddington is the perfect location to do it,” explained Jon Heggie, Director of Fundraising for St Columba’s Hospice.
“Not only is it a fantastic opportunity for us to reach more people that could benefit from our support, it’s a way for us to really engage with the local community and have a presence on the high street.”
The landlord was represented in the transaction by Gardiner & Co.