The new Barnardo's charity shop on Chapel Street in Southport. Photo by Andrew Brown Media

The new Barnardo’s charity shop in Southport town centre is opening this week! 

The store, on Chapel Street, is looking forward to welcoming its first customers from 10am this Friday (9th September 2022). 

The site, between Primark and Costa Coffee, has been a hive of activity over the past few weeks with workers transforming the former HMV site, which has sat empty for over three years. 

The shop has been closed since February 2019 when the chain was sold to Canadian firm Sunrise Records & Entertainment. 

The Barnardo’s charity was founded by Thomas John Barnardo in 1866, to care for vulnerable children. As of 2013, it raised and spent around £200 million each year running around 900 local services, aimed at helping these same groups. 

It is the UK’s largest children’s charity, in terms of charitable expenditure. 

The work is the latest in a series of work taking place to rejuvenate a series of empty buildings on Chapel Street. 

In July, Stand Up For Southport revealed how priority building work at the former BHS department store on Chapel Street will begin this September. 

The JSM Group will convert the upper floors of the 19th century building into 30 self contained apartments, with a pub, a cafe and new retail units on the ground floor. 

Sefton Council has also committed £400,000 to improving Cambridge Arcade. 

The former Peacocks store on Chapel Street was recently converted into a new Waterstones bookshop, after the chain moved into the vacant unit directly opposite Southport Train Station. 

Last year saw the opening of new businesses on Chapel Street including One Below, The Fragrance Shop and Hugo Lounge on Chapel Street, with the number of vacant units on the street continuing to reduce. 

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