Spalding’s historic White Hart Hotel is to be the new home of St Barnabas Hospice from this July.
The charity, which currently has a shop in New Road, is to move less than two miles into the centre of Spalding where the Grade II listed building will house the hospice’s “flagship store” in south Lincolnshire.
Plans for the move were first revealed by our sister newspaper, the Lincolnshire Free Press, last August when details were announced that part of the building would be converted into a shop and cafe.
Caroline Peach, retail manager for St Barnabas Hospice in Lincolnshire, said: “This is a really exciting time for us as we work with local architects to bring our shop to life.
“We are also working closely with South Holland District Council’s conservation department to ensure that we protect the heritage of this beautiful and iconic building.”
The new shop will be spread across 2,000 square feet within which clothing, books, household goods and gifts will be sold.
This is a really exciting time for us as we work with local architects to bring our shop to lifeCaroline Peach, retail manager for St Barnabas Hospice Lincolnshire
It means the eventual closure of the hospice’s current shop in New Road where St Barnabas has been for 30 years.
Mrs Peach said: “We are always looking for new ways to help generate the money needed to be able to continue to deliver our care and services across the county.
“But what makes this launch even more exciting is the opening of our first-ever café which will be found towards the back of the store.
“The café will have space for 30 seats and will serve drinks and light bites made from locally-sourced produce.
“We are appealing for people to donate their time and help in the running of our new shop and cafe which we hope will become a central part of the Spalding community.”
Coffee and clothes shop plan for historic Spalding building