THINK of Gunwharf Quays and you usually think of high-end fashion shops.
But the latest addition to the Portsmouth outlet village bucks that trend as it’s a charity shop.
The Rowans Hospice opened its 20th store in the city at Gunwharf. It also marks the Purbrook charity’s 20th anniversary year.
Located opposite Cafe Rouge, the shop will be a boutique, specialising in vintage clothing and goods. All proceeds will go to the charity’s services.
The shop is the first charity store to be open at Gunwharf Quays and it was made possible through a charity of the year partnership with manager of the site, Land Securities.
Throughout the year, Gunwharf has been raising money for the charity through a series of fundraisers, the biggest of which was an abseil down the Spinnaker Tower.
Anne Yendell, director of finance and operations at The Rowans, said they were all pleased about the opening.
She said: ‘We were very excited to be opening our 20th shop at Gunwharf Quays.
‘This is an excellent location for us and will give The Rowans exposure to a wider audience.
‘We could never hope to be in such a fabulous location and it is great that Gunwharf have allowed us this space at a lower market rent.
‘It’s phenomenal for us to be in there and it will give us the chance to carry on with our services.
‘This shop will be a bit different from the usual charity shop found on the high street and I hope that people will enjoy shopping with us.’
For Sean Sweeney, centre manager of Gunwharf Quays, the store is to be welcomed.
He added: ‘As our charity partner we want to support the vital work of the hospice in any way we can.
‘This is an exciting new concept charity shop that will give people the chance to pick up unique vintage and upcycled items while raising funds for the local service provided by The Rowans.’
In the past 20 years, The Rowans has grown from one store in Fratton Road to 20 across the area.
As well as the store in Gunwharf Quays, the charity is planning to open two more over the next 12 months.