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Mary Portas to open store in Westfield London

Retail guru Mary Portas is to open a charity shop in the Westfield London shopping centre to coincide with her latest BBC television series, Mary Queen of Charity Shops, which sees her turn her makeover skills to struggling charity shops.

The store will be called Mary’s Living and Giving Shop and will be modelled on London street markets. It is situated close to the centre’s Louis Vuitton store, which opened earlier this month.

Mary Portas hopes that the store will encourage shoppers and retailers to donate high-quality clothes to charity.

Portas told The Sunday Times: “A lot of people think charity shops are a little bit smelly…and a little bit irrelevant, but I want to change all that.”

Mary Queen of Charity Shops, is a three part series, which will air on BBC 2 later this year.

 

Readers' comments (4)

  • Charity shops are a nightmare for us indies in smaller towns. I am surprised Mary Portas, who has championed the indie cause for so long, would not only support but also encourage shoppers to buy second hand garments when full-priced retailers are desperately seeking sales. I know charities need supporting but so do we.

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  • Mary Portas is all about spotting retail trends and the make do and mend attitude is definitely coming to the fore. Therefore it makes sense she would embark on this experiment. Good luck. Indies need not worry. Their loyal shoppers are unlikely to be tempted away.

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  • If it is a big trend, as I believe it is, then it is going to happen whether or not Mary promotes it - and as her business is all about trends then ignoring it would be counter-intuitive.
    And surely the gap in the wardrobe created by the charity donation is an opportunity for any retailer to fill - and you'll be selling to a customer who is feeling good about themselves. What better a prospect could you have?

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  • If it is a big trend, as I believe it is, then it is going to happen whether or not Mary promotes it - and as her business is all about trends then ignoring it would be counter-intuitive.
    And surely the gap in the wardrobe created by the charity donation is an opportunity for any retailer to fill - and you'll be selling to a customer who is feeling good about themselves. What better a prospect could you have?

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