Preston’s latest charity shop can safely claim to be the cheapest in town.
The Healthy Planet store, which opens on Wednesday, will undercut every retailer in the city by simply giving its stock away!
The eco-friendly bookshop, which will take over the former TJ Hughes premises in the Fishergate Centre, is totally free.
The national charity re-cyles millions of unwanted books that would otherwise end their days in landfill or as pulped fiction. And it is all part of their mission to help protect the environment.
Over the past three years Healthy Planet, staffed by students and volunteers, has saved 1,500 tonnes of books which would otherwise have been destroyed.
“We’re thrilled to welcome Healthy Planet,” said Fishergate Shopping Centre manager Keith Mitchell.
“Reading is a hugely important pastime and it’s our duty to look after the environment. We’re looking forward to browsing the shelves!”
The new store will stock everything from cookbooks to children’s literature, sci-fi to suspense and romance to religion.
Shoppers are invited to enter the store, pick up a maximum of three books per visit and come back as often a they like. Donations are accepted, although Healthy Planet is a free service. Books can be swapped and shared and some are new, but have never been sold.
The two-floored former TJ Hughes site will also house PULSE, a Lancashire-wide support group who care for young people aged 11 to 25 dealing with emotional and well-being issues.
Healthy Planet is a student-run group affiliated to Medsin-UK, a registered charity tackling global and local health inequalities through community action. The charity has 30 branches in universities around the country.