Kenilworth RSPCA shop set to close due to '£3,000 rent hike'

RSPCA will be closing in Kenilworth
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A city-based RSPCA shop will soon be closing after they were told that the rent would be hiked by £3,000. Staff said the hugely popular branch in Kenilworth will shut for good in August.

Bosses said a 10-year lease was due to be renewed on August 31, but they are 'unable to commit' after being told that they would have to pay an extra £3,000 a year to remain in the building at Abbey End. It will now be closing in August, a decision they say was taken with a 'heavy heart.'

Donations are no longer being accepted, and items have been slashed to 50 per cent off ahead of the upcoming closure, it is understood. Rightmove has advertised the building, with the unit available to rent for a yearly fee of £27,500.

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Customers have now been told to visit RSPCA in Leamington Spa. Volunteers with 'enthusiasm' are also being sought for the branch on Regent Street.

In a statement, the RSPCA said: “It is with a heavy heart that we are having to announce the closure of RSPCA in Kenilworth. We are unable to commit to the ten-year lease with the proposed £3,000 a year increase in rent cost.”

It continued: “RSPCA will continue to operate its shop on Regent Street in Leamington Spa, so we will be focusing our attention on raising as much money as we can to help animals in the local area via the shop. It has been refurbished and has more space than we have in Kenilworth.

“We really hope that shoppers will come and have a look at us in our new surroundings and grab a bargain too! We would welcome your donations and are always looking to welcome new volunteers with an enthusiasm for animal welfare to help with a wide range of roles.

“We are enormously grateful to everyone who has supported our work through the Kenilworth charity shop, to everyone who has worked there and all who have given up their time volunteering.”

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