Fowh charity shop

Shop entrance in Coronation Street

The Charity Shop operated by the Friends of Weatherfield Hospital was located at 2 Coronation Street, Weatherfield. It was the first "business" to use the shop unit since it was completed in 1990. The unit was empty for months, and finally let by Maurice Jones at a generous price to the Friends of Weatherfield Hospital, which used the premises from February to December 1991, an extension of the initial six-month lease.

Street resident Emily Bishop, who had a long association with the charity, volunteered at the shop and was essentially the manager, with assistance from Ruby Mottram. The shop was officially opened by Councillor Deirdre Barlow on 27th February, with some of Emily's friends donating old clothes to stock up (although in Bet Gilroy's case, Emily wondered if her anybody but her would wear her clothes!). The shop's custom was mostly from the elderly, including Emily's lodger Percy Sugden who often dropped by to keep an eye on her and occasionally helped out. In March, Percy left his waistcoat on the counter only for Angie Freeman to buy it, thinking it to be stock. On 8th April, Joss Shackleton collapsed in the store after being pushed by Percy, resulting in Joss being rushed to hospital and needing a blood transfusion.

Two days before Christmas 1991, Emily was told that the lease on the shop wasn't going to be renewed, but she kept the flame alive by storing stock from the shop at No.3. After closure, the unit remained empty until Denise Osbourne bought it and opened a Hair Salon there in December 1992 - the first of many salons to operate there.

The charity shop itself relocated to within Weatherfield General.

List of appearances

Charity shop inside

1991: Inside the charity shop on opening day


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