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New Braintree outlet for low-cost household items now open!


East Street Community Warehouse Braintree

A new community facility has been opened in the heart of Braintree; offering quality pre-owned and discounted white goods and furniture to all.

The 4,000 sqft converted workshop and shop is owned by T.R.E. E. and enables people to access a range of sofas, dining room sets, beds, fridges, freezers, ovens, dishwashers and more at a low cost.

The project has been made possible through a £150,000 grant from Greenfields Community Housing and Braintree District Council to refurbish a disused former MOT testing station and subsidise affordable white goods and furniture for the whole community.

Mark Penn, CEO of T.R.E.E. said “I’m very pleased that we currently have a range of over 100 items for people to browse and purchase, and we hope to increase these through donations.  Our committed staff have cleaned, tested and refurbished items to a very high standard; with most looking almost new.  The project will generate employment for those overcoming significant barriers to work and also provide apprenticeship and work placement opportunities in the heart of the Braintree District.”

Sandra Crosby, Greenfields Housing Director, said: “I am pleased and proud that anyone can take advantage of the high quality and low cost items on offer. The fact that the facility also provides opportunities for volunteers and apprentices is great.”

Cllr Wendy Schmitt said: “This project is so important for the Braintree District because it’ll help people gain experience and skills leading to further work opportunities while at the same time helping our residents find great quality household goods at an affordable  price. It will also mean items are reused for the benefit of local people rather than taken to landfill sites.”

The workshop and shop is open Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, from 9.00am – 4:45pm.

13th Nov 2015




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