12:02PM, Thursday 07 November 2013
Volunteers are determined to find a new location for a charity shop after it was told it had to leave its Maidenhead High Street base.
The YMCA shop shut its doors on Wednesday after staff were told they had to leave to make way for new tenants.
It now looks set to become a large 3 mobile store after plans to convert the shop were approved by the Royal Borough last month.
The YMCA had only moved into the space, which was formerly the home of Topshop, in April after outgrowing another site further down High Street.
But the charity knew it would have to leave if a retailer came in for the space as part of its agreement with its landlords.
Staff heard on Friday that they would have to leave and held a closing down sale.
A spokesman for 3 confirmed the new store is heading to High Street, but no opening date has been confirmed.
He added the large site would 'match the demand' in a town which is home to the mobile network.
Town centre manager Steph James has backed the move.
She said: "Any retailer or business looking to invest in the town centre is a positive thing.
"Everyone wants to see charities supported but equally people want to see permanent lets open in the high street as well."
No suitable alternative site has yet been found to house the YMCA, which has large stock including sofas and cabinets.
Volunteer Valerie Barnes said the charity had done 'very well' during its short stint in the space and wanted to retain its presence in the town.
She thanked the public for their support and donations and added: "We are keeping on searching but there's a chance we might have to go further afield.
"We have a happy little band of workers here and I think people have appreciated what we do."
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