The Chantry Centre will welcome a new pop up shop in the form of Andover Minds furniture project ‘Ugly Duckling’ next week.
The shop, due to open on October 10th, has been timed to coincide with World Mental Health Day. It is taking the vacant Toucan Travel premises opposite Boswells and will sell recycled and renovated furniture that has been donated for the project.
The shop will also act as a hub for career support as well a centre for information and advice for mental health and dementia. It is taking advantage of the easy in-easy out agreements currently under offer from TVBC and will be in the centre until new year.
Debra Ramchurn, CEO of Andover Mind said: “We are delighted to be able to work with Test Valley Borough Council and the Chantry Centre management to enable us to bring Ugly Duckling’s products to the Town Centre. It is a great opportunity and all the money we make from sales will go back into the project to pay for running costs. We are also pleased to be able to offer an accessible advice and information hub for mental health and dementia in the heart of the community.”
Leader of the council, councillor Phil North, said: “I am thrilled that the Chantry Centre will shortly be welcoming such a great addition to the town centre. The project is of a real benefit to the community and it’s fantastic that Test Valley Borough Council’s introduction of pop-up tenancy options have been able to facilitate this move.
“I am looking forward to visiting the pop-up shop and viewing the creative ways that volunteers have restored unwanted furniture for someone else to enjoy.”
This is now the sixth business to open in the centre since TVBC purchased it earlier this year.