We’ve made Emmaus Hertfordshire history with the opening of our latest new charity shop in Letchworth Garden City!

The large second-hand store in Garden Square Shopping Centre was officially opened on Saturday (4 May) and received a huge amount of support from shoppers and supporters who gave us the warmest of welcomes to Letchworth!

Our fourth charity shop stocks a range of affordable, pre-loved furniture, homewares, electricals, clothing and accessories, as well as unique upcycled and handmade items from our on-site Emmaus workshop.

Store manager, Christian Taylor, said: “We had an absolutely fantastic opening day on Saturday, thanks to the Garden Square Shopping Centre, shoppers, visitors and supporters alike, all of whom gave us a very warm welcome. It couldn’t have gone better and we thank them all for their incredible support – the shop was packed all day!

“All proceeds from the shop help fund our vital work helping formerly homeless people with a home, individual support and meaningful work opportunities, for as long as they need them, so every purchase, however small, is much appreciated.”

The opening comes soon after the closure last month of our popular Out of the Emmaus Workshop store in St Peters Street, St Albans. This store showcased the incredible restoration and upcycling work produced by the formerly homeless people we support, known to us as companions.

In-store workshops

These creations will now be available in our new shop, as well as our other shops in Hill End, St Albans, Tring and Hemel Hempstead. There will also be dedicated workshops in both our Hill End store and the new Letchworth branch.

Our new shop is located in Unit 2, Market Hall, Garden Square Shopping Centre, opposite the Iceland store. It’s a large two-storey premises and we are currently trading on the ground floor, with plans to expand over time. The shop’s opening hours are Tuesday through to Saturday from 9.30am-5pm.

Please volunteer or donate!

We’d love to hear from volunteers to support our recent development. For more details, or to register your interest, click here.

We’re also widening our collection radius across Hertfordshire to encourage donations for the new shop. Where possible, we ask donors to drop-off items to any of our shops across the county. However, we do offer a free collection service for donations of good quality furniture. Book a collection here. More donating info here.

We’re also on the lookout for replacement premises for the Out of Emmaus Workshop store in St Albans town centre. If you can help, please email Gemma Beckett – [email protected]