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Alzheimer's Society to close its last charity shop

By Tim Tonkin, Third Sector Online, 30 August 2012

The Alzheimer's Society shop in Brighton closed last year

The Alzheimer's Society shop in Brighton closed last year

The charity has decided that its shops are no longer financially viable, says Jeremy Hughes, its chief executive

The Alzheimer’s Society will close the last of its three charity shops because it is not financially viable, the charity has confirmed.

The charity said its remaining high-street charity shop, which is in Carlisle and has been open for about 11 years, will shut its doors for the last time on Friday. Its two other shops, in Brighton and Maidenhead, closed last year.

Jeremy Hughes, chief executive of the Alzheimer’s Society, said in a statement that it was no longer feasible to keep the shops running.

"It is with much regret that we had to close our three shops," he said. "Unfortunately, they were not deemed to be financially viable and the Alzheimer’s Society does not have the infrastructure to support a chain of shops.

"If they were to remain open, the Alzheimer’s Society would have to divert money away from vital services for local people with dementia and their carers. We must ensure our funds are spent responsibly and with their interests at heart."

The charity took the decision to close the shops in June last year after a consultation and review of their profitability.

Each shop had employed one full-time and one part-time member of staff, along with volunteers. The Maidenhead shop had been open for 19 months and the Brighton shop for almost 20 years.

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