Closure of a ‘very special’ town shop

Alison Jenkinson
Alison Jenkinson
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A FAIRTRADE gift shop in Garstang will close at the end of the month, with the business recycling itself as an online store.

Greenliving Gifts, in Thomas Weind, opened in 2009, specialising in bespoke fairtrade gifts, accessories and recyclable goods.

Owner Alison Jenkinson said she has been forced to give up the lease on the premises for ‘personal reasons’ but added she hoped the move would be a temporary one.

She will continue to run the business from her home in Catterall when a new online service goes live in April.

Alison said: “I am really sad but unfortunately for personal reasons I need to take some time out.

“But I would love to come back. I started this business from scratch, it’s not easy but it’s important for the High Street to keep family run shops like this going.

“Garstang is a lovely place to run a business and over the past three years everyone has been really great.”

It was while working in retail that Alison took an interest in Fairtrade and decided to open up her own shop.

She said: “I had wanted to do it for some time and thought if I didn’t go for it I would regret it.

“The support from customers, neighbouring businesses and the Fairtrade group has been so good.

“It is a shock when you see a sign in a shop saying it is closing, especially in times we’re in, but I still have the same ethos, selling the same stock, but it will be online.”

Garstang Fairtrade pioneer Bruce Crowther said Alison was a ‘stalwart’ for Fairtrade in the town.

He said: “The shop is very special - Garstang being the first Fairtrade town is what attracted Alison to bring her business here and it is very very special for that reason.

“I am obviously sorry to see the shop closing but delighted the business will not finish and would certainly hope to see the shop re-locate.

“I wish Alison all the best and I really hope we will see Greenliving back in a prominent place in Garstang in the future.”