Hospice Shop’s move to provide more space

  • Volunteer Angela Taylor of Leverett, MA steams garments before they are put out for sale at the Hospice Shop of the Fisher Home in Amherst, MA on Monday June 25, 2018. —GAZETTE STAFF/VIVIAN MYRON

  • Volunteer Judy Haskell of Hadley examines a ring to determine whether or not it is sterling silver. Haskell has been volunteering at the Hospice Shop of the Fisher Home in Amherst since it opened. GAZETTE STAFF/VIVIAN MYRON

  • Volunteer Tammy Ryan packs up dishes in preperation for the Hospice Shop's move to its new location on July 13. —GAZETTE STAFF/VIVIAN MYRON

  • Volunteer Judy Haskell of Hadley, MA prices jewlery at the Hospice Shop of the Fisher Home in Amherst, MA on Monday June 25, 2018. —GAZETTE STAFF/VIVIAN MYRON

  • Volunteer Angela Taylor organizes books in the the back rooms of the Hospice Shop for the Fisher Home in Amherst, MA on Monday June 25, 2018. —GAZETTE STAFF/VIVIAN MYRON

  • Ali Diamond, left, of Northampton and Angela Taylor, right, of Leverett organize new donations to the Hospice Shop for the Fisher Home in Amherst on Monday June 25, 2018. —GAZETTE STAFF/VIVIAN MYRON

  • Ali Diamond, left, of Northampton and Angela Taylor, right, of Leverett organize new donations to the Hospice Shop for the Fisher Home in Amherst on Monday June 25, 2018. —GAZETTE STAFF/VIVIAN MYRON

  • Volunteer Tammy Ryan packs up dishes in preperation for the Hospice Shop's move to its new location on July 13. —GAZETTE STAFF/VIVIAN MYRON

  • Volunteer Angela Taylor of Leverett, MA checks garments before they are put out for sale at the Hospice Shop of the Fisher Home in Amherst, MA on Monday June 25, 2018. —GAZETTE STAFF/VIVIAN MYRON

  • Volunteer Angela Taylor of Leverett checks garments before they are put out for sale at the Hospice Shop of the Fisher Home in Amherst, Monday. GAZETTE STAFF/VIVIAN MYRON

  • The future home of the Hospice Shop, which is located at 6 University Driver in Amherst, MA. —GAZETTE STAFF/VIVIAN MYRON

  • The future home of the Hospice Shop, which is located at 6 University Driver in Amherst, MA. —GAZETTE STAFF/VIVIAN MYRON

For the Gazette
Published: 6/25/2018 9:33:28 PM

AMHERST — After 10 years at its current location, the Hospice Shop of the Fisher Home in Amherst will be leaving for a larger facility.

To accommodate a lack of storage, the Hospice Shop will move from 55 University Drive across the street to 6 University Drive. The store will close July 13, and reopen Sept. 4.

The store, which runs on donations provided by the public, raises over $200,000 for the Hospice which provides care to people living with terminal illness and conditions.

The store was “bursting at the seams,” according to shop director Ali Diamond, who also said that the new location was double the square footage of the current one. Diamond said on busy donation days, the storage space in the current store is overwhelmed and there isn’t enough space to store all the donations they receive.

Diamond said the primary goal of the move was to increase storage space and their capacity to accept donations, and that the move was not driven by a desire to increase the shop’s revenue. Any increase in sales would be an added bonus, she said.

“We don’t know,” Diamond said when asked if she thought the larger store would increase sales. “We can’t really predict.”

Diamond did, however, say that the new location is “more popular” and provides easier and better access to parking.

Elisabeth Weissbach, the executive director of the Hospice of the Fisher Home, echoed Diamond’s statements, saying that the move was needed to increase space for donations and that the new location is in an area that receives more foot traffic and has better parking.

Weissbach said the revenue generated by the Hospice Shop goes directly into the general funds for the Hospice of the Fisher Home. The funds go to providing care for the residents of the Hospice of the Fisher Home.

According to Weissbach, the Hospice Shop is one of the main sources of income for the Fisher Home, along with government reimbursement and donations. The Fisher Home is a nonprofit, so all the proceeds from the store go directly into running the Hospice and providing care for patients.

The store will be accepting donations until it closes for the move on July 13. The store will reopen in September with the Fall Turnover, a massive sale that the store holds annually.




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