PRESS RELEASE - 17 DECEMBER 2019 - LAGOS
The new ASMAA shop in the Marateca industrial park, just outside Lagos off the EN125 in Chinicato, is aimed at turning outdated perceptions on their head regarding charity shopping. With a focus on high quality at affordable prices, the Lagos shop will specialise in vintage type clothing and high street brands, home décor items, furniture, books in various languages and a special section dedicated to collectables and antiques.
With the opening of the Lagos shop, ASMAA’s existing Portimão shop will be converted into a soft goods depot, and will NOT be open to the public, although it is from this venue that we will continue to support families in need across the Western Algarve as well . But this decision also means that until the opening in Lagos, a team of volunteers will be busy sorting through existing donations, selecting the appropriate items, tagging and pricing them, in preparation to stock the Lagos shop in readiness for its opening on 30 January 2020.
This ASMAA new venture is more than just a shop. The new venue will also function as a hub for the ‘InContact’ programme, which aims to reduce isolation and loneliness across the Algarve and assist in building true community cohesiveness. In addition, many other types of social and community empowerment events are in the planning phase to run on a weekly basis.
In the run-up to opening day, the current planning is very different from the planning for traditional charity shops.
We are blessed in having a vast and airy space to really let our imagination run wild, ASMAA’s management wants this venue to be more than just another store. “Our aim is for this shop to be an enjoyable and fun ‘destination’, providing an exciting shopping experience,” says Laurinda Seabra, ASMAA’s CEO. “Customers will be able to shop ethically, but we really want this new store to have a definitive “wow factor”. We want people to linger, and even to chat over a cup of coffee. There’s so much we want to do, but we will start with small steps. Introducing each idea slowly along the course of 2020.
We have a 5-year lease on this unit and if it is as successful as we think it will be, we would have brought a new dimension to charitable shopping experiences.” It is a shop whose profits will be used to top-up our funding needs for both our social as well as our environmental causes.
Lagos is, of course, where the charity was founded in 2012 and where we have our offices. After searching for the past two years for suitable premises, we are extremely happy to open our doors to the public in Lagos in 2020. It feels like we are now really back at home.
The store will be open 6 days a week, from Monday to Saturday, from 10h00 to 19h00.
In development, and among the ideas being tested is the opening of a special “Art and Crafts” open-air market each Saturday from 10h00 to 17h00, with up to 30 artisans and artists selling and displaying their goods. The idea is to turn this section of the Marateca Industrial Area into an interesting “InContact” place to go. It is an ideal opportunity for people of all ages and nationalities to spend a few hours, and let their hair down, as they embrace a wide diversity of cultural and shopping offerings.
If visitors have small children older than 2 years, Woop Entertainment Centre is just around the corner and they are open on Saturday’s too.
Laurinda Seabra closes this press release saying: “We take the view that people who donate to us, do want us to try and raise as much money as we can from their donated goods. As after all the profits from this venture will greatly assist ASMAA in fulfilling so many more of our causes objectives, and that’s its what its all about … fulfilling our association’s objectives and aims” … “Without the necessary financial stability its hard to do so”
We invite everyone that pop in and visit us on our opening day, to continue to visit each and everyday thereafter. We promise that you will not be disappointed.