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Allied Surveyors Scotland secures first East Lothian charity shop and hub for St Columba’s Hospice

The Latest outlet will open early 2019 and take shop total to nine.

**This story appeared in The Scotsman on the 1st November 2018**

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.

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