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Shop Manager Jennifer Lowe discusses the launch of ExtraCare’s newest charity shop

Jennifer Lowe, Manager of ExtraCare’s newest charity shop in Parr Bridge, discusses her career history, the new shop and its upcoming launch event in the Manchester community.

Jennifer Lowe

How did you end up managing your shop?

I have worked in retail all my career, for many years in a global company. After going through redundancy, I turned to volunteer work, which then in turn led to a career in charity retail.

I love working in charity retail, feeling the connection with the community, and knowing that the retail success is contributing vital funds to help others. I joined ExtraCare to set up and manage a brand-new shop, it’s a fantastic opportunity that I am thoroughly enjoying.


What is your favourite thing about working for an ExtraCare charity shop?

It’s hard to pick one thing. I love the variety, the customers, the community connection and working with our dedicated volunteer team. We work hard, but we have great fun.


How has the shop been received since you opened?

Being a new shop, we have been very fortunate to set it up and build the volunteer team ourselves.

Customers love the shop, and we are getting busier each week with lots of loyal customers returning already.

We recently received the following feedback in our guest book:

Why would you suggest people visit your charity shop?

By shopping or donating with us you are helping to generate vital funds for ExtraCare. People should visit our shop as we have lots of fabulous goods to buy at great prices and we always aim to offer a pleasant shopping experience. Charity shopping is also good for the environment, reducing waste and giving new life to items.


What is located in the surrounding area?

We are located 9 miles outside Manchester city Centre, situated on a brand-new retail park in a fast-developing housing area. 


What sort of bargains do you currently have at the shop?

We predominantly sell donated goods all at prices that are great value for money. We have lots of clothing, shoes and bags as well as books, bric a brac, linen, toys and games. We also have a selection of brand-new goods and high street brands at discounted prices.


Do you need any volunteers and why do you suggest people volunteer at charity shops?

We welcome volunteers from age 14 + and offer a variety of tasks that all go in to supporting the charity. Volunteering can build experience, offer new skills or simply be a place for social connections. 


Are you excited for your big launch and what will be going on there?

We are very excited to spread the word and let everyone know we are here! It will be a day of celebration and an opportunity to showcase what the team do to create this beautiful shop. We will have fun activities including a tombola, a prize draw, and lots of great products to buy!


Parr Bridge’s Launch Day will take place all day on Saturday September 30th. Pop along and pick up a bargain or follow the Facebook page for further updates 


‘Great shop, best I’ve been to in ages. Very helpful lady as well, will definitely be coming back.’ 

‘My family and I come in to your shop 1 – 2 times weekly. Lovely staff – super quick turnaround on stock. Our new weekly routine, thank you’