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Napthens advises RSPCA on charity expansion

Commercial Property experts from Napthens solicitors have advised the RSPCA charity on an expansion of its retail arm including the opening of its first shop in Lancaster.

The charity is to open its first fundraising store in the city at 26 New Street, and as part of the expansion plans is also moving from its present shop located at 26 Lancaster Road to larger premises at 10 Wyre View in Knott End.

The Lancaster shop is due to open mid-July after an extensive refit, and the Knott End expansion should be complete by early August. The expansion means the charity will operate six shops in the area, also including three in Blackpool and one in Morecambe.

The RSPCA Blackpool and North Lancashire branch is a self-funded, independently run charity, which receives some funding from the national RSPCA but relies heavily on public donations. The charity operates the Longview Animal Centre at Stalmine, which cares for and re-houses animals.

The charity was advised on its recent expansion by Gareth Birch, solicitor in the Commercial Property team at Napthens solicitors’ Blackpool & Fylde office.

Gareth said: “It has been a pleasure to advise the RSPCA for a number of years and to have seen the charity go from strength to strength in the area. There is real support for the fantastic work they do.”

Martyn Tetchener, branch manager for the RSPCA, said: “We are expanding our retail outlets to raise much-needed funds to support the newly built animal centre in Stalmine, Over Wyre, which now accommodates double the number of animals and replaces the previous animal centre located on Division Lane, Blackpool.

“The present shop in Knott End has been very successful with amazing support from the local people, so moving to a larger premises will enable the charity to operate more efficiently.”