Bargain-hunters rejoice as charity opens Worthing town centre shop

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W44500H11 WH OPENING OF LINK ROMANIA SHOP PIC S.G. 26.10.2011'''Opening of the Link Romania Shop Chapel Road Wednesday. Worthing Mayor Ann Barlow tries a hat with shop manager Rachel Baker W44500h11

A NEW charity shop has been welcomed to Worthing town centre by queues of shoppers looking for a bargain.

The Link Romania store, situated on the corner of Chapel Road and Chatsworth Road, has had shoppers visit three or more times in one day since it was opened last week.

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W44507H11 WH OPENING OF LINK ROMANIA SHOP PIC S.G. 26.10.2011'''Opening of the Link Romania Shop Chapel Road Wednesday. Inside the Shop W44507h11

The Christian charity has been working for the past 20 years to improve the lives of poverty-stricken families in Romania and other eastern European countries.

The services they give include medical and dental aid, teaching families how to read and write, and visiting shanty towns to ensure they have clean water and fuel for winter.

Assistant manager Paul Cooledge, 48, said the shop has had a flying start.

“We had a queue of people looking to buy the leather sofa we had,” he said. “Unfortunately, the first lady in line found it wouldn’t fit her house, but it went to the next customer, who went away a very happy lady.”

The new shop was opened by the mayor of Worthing Ann Barlow, who cut a ribbon and chatted to staff and customers.

Paul said: “The mayor was very nice and she had a good look round.

“We are really pleased with how the shop is going so far, we have a shop in Goring but it’s nice to have a presence in Worthing as well. It’s a great location and we’re trying to do something a bit different, so we’re very hopeful for the future.”