Workers from John Lewis and NatWest have joined forces to take over five Rennie Grove charity shops for a day as part of a Store Wars competition.
Teams made up of staff from John Lewis and NatWest will run the shops for one day in an effort to boost a normal days takings. The team that increases the usual average by the most will be declared the winner.
The first of the Store Wars days took place on Thursday 7 May when the Iain Rennie Hospice at Home shop in Beaconsfield was taken over. Shop Manager Angela Leighton said: “It was a fantastic day and really good fun. The team had arranged for us to sell plants, donated by Denham Nursery, as well as a range of DVDs and Blu Ray discs. We took nearly £1,500 and usually would expect to make around £250-£400, so it was a huge success for us.”
The next takeover was on Tuesday 19 May when another team ran the Iain Rennie Hospice at Home shop in Swains Market, Flackwell Heath, from 9am-5pm.
On the day there was a tombola and sweet stall as well as a personal shopper service to help customers put together the perfect outfit. There was also a focus on prom dresses with a new window display and a range of dresses and accessories available to buy.
Ann Rarity, manager at the shop, said: “This was a really fun day that not only helped to boost sales, but also gave the team a better understanding of what it is the charity does. A total of £1,198 was taken and the tombola and sweet table alone raised £196, which was fantastic.”
The Store Wars will then go to The Bourne End shop in The Parade where a new team will be offering beauty treatments, crafts and face painting during their takeover day on Thursday 28 May.
The Princes Risborough shop in Market Square and Book Shop in High Street will also join the battle on Friday 5 June. At the book shop there will be a morning and afternoon story telling sessions (time TBC) with cake and orange juice, while the main charity shop will be hosting craft sessions. There will also be people modelling clothes as well as a raffle and gift bags for customers.
The Holmer Green shop at Pond Approach will be the final shop to take part in Store Wars on Saturday 6 June.