Package-Free Larder resumes Southsea shop refurbishment after plans were put on hold due to coronavirus

AN ECO-friendly shop that had its plans to open halted because of the coronavirus pandemic is taking steps to continue its track to opening.

Tuesday, 28th April 2020, 4:41 pm
Updated Tuesday, 28th April 2020, 5:22 pm
Volunteers Connie Fenner, Agnivesh Sathasivam, Ashleigh Edwards, Sammy Higgs, Ella Lawson, Esther Rodriguez Perez and Delphine Laveyne outside their new unit for the Package Free Larder in Elm Grove, Southsea.

The Package-Free Larder, which had secured a permanent premises on Elm Grove in Southsea after securing £44,000 through crowdfunding earlier this year, had to put refurbishment plans on hold after social distancing guidelines meant workers could no longer get into the shop.

But during the last few weeks, the team of eight volunteers has been reviewing government guidance relating to safe working practices of tradespeople.

As the shop is currently empty, the contracted tradespeople are able to enter in order to complete their specialist work.

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To ensure everyone’s safety, the shop is being thoroughly cleaned-down between visits.

The shop was due to open the doors to its permanent storefront in April.