Scope to expand store presence amid surge in shopper demand
Date of Article
May 22 2023
Planning & development

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Disability equality charity, Scope, is looking to open six new stores within Greater London as demand for its retail outlets has increased during the cost-of-living crisis. 

Established in 1952, Scope now provides practical information and emotional support when it's needed most and campaigns relentlessly to create a fairer society for disabled people and their families.

The charity currently has 170 retail outlets in England and Wales, with the income generated from these stores providing a source of ongoing funding for its work. Its outlets sell a wide range of new and second-hand goods, including clothes, shoes, accessories, furniture and electricals, CDs and DVDs. 
In 2019, Scope appointed Carter Jonas as its estate adviser. The firm provides management, strategy, planning and building consultancy services, as well as support on all property transactions, including acquisitions and disposals, lease renewals and rent reviews. 
To support Scope’s current expansion, Carter Jonas’ retail team is looking for units in high streets or shopping centre locations of 1,600 - 2,500 sq ft whilst providing 100% accessibility for disabled customers. Ideal units would also have parking nearby for customers and deliveries and benefit from high footfall. Target locations include Bexley, Clapham, Fulham, Finchley, Edmonton, Tottenham and Wandsworth. 
Stuart Williams, Partner, Commercial, Carter Jonas, commented: "Scope stores have always enjoyed a strong and loyal customer base; however, the current climate has prompted many shoppers through its doors for the first time – 13 per cent according to a recent survey [1] - and they are really enjoying what they find. The stores provide a way of shopping sustainably and economically whilst supporting a great cause. For young and old, the outlets are destination points in regular shopping trips, with many of its customers looking to grab a bargain in a friendly and supportive environment. Scope stores are an asset to the community, and the opportunity to work with the charity should appeal to many landlords looking to secure a strong covenant with an established and successful brand."

Ruth Blazye, Executive Director of Retail and Communities at Scope, commented: “Carter Jonas plays a vital role in helping Scope secure the right location on the high street to maximise our exciting retail expansion plans and managing each location to ensure we can do what we do best. That’s giving the public a fantastic destination, that offers incredible quality bargains and a place they can donate and buy pre-loved donations from, while helping the nation to do their part, looking after the environment. 

“Our research [1] shows people are visiting charity shops more than ever as rising inflation and soaring energy prices mean many people have less money in their pocket for clothes and homewares. This has prompted people to discover the value, variety and sense of community to be found at Scope charity shops.

“It’s not just the amazing value for money Scope charity shops offer customers, at a time when three in four people feel charity shops will play a vital role on the high street [1], Scope charity shops give so much value back to their communities.

Full details of Scope’s requirements, and its list of target locations, can be obtained through Carter Jonas.