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Oxfam opens 'superstore' charity shop in Oxford

Oxfam superstore
Image caption The superstore is 12 times the size of an average Oxfam shop

An Oxfam "superstore" has opened it doors in Oxford - the city where the charity opened its first shop.

Oxfam said it worked with a Swedish charity ahead of the launch of store, which is based on an "out-of-town format".

The 18,500 sq ft (1,718 sq m) store has a drive-through option for people to drop off donations.

The charity said it was the biggest of its shops worldwide, and that 150 volunteers would run it.

Image caption It is the charity's first superstore

Julie Neeve, project manager for the store, said: "It was just an idea that we wanted to look at - an out-of-town format - and we spent some time with a Swedish charity looking at a similar model, understanding what they do.

"Then we found this amazing site across the road from our headquarters in Oxford."

Volunteer Rosemary Shurgold said: "I love it. I think it is inspirational and well-stocked.

"It's the future and I really hope it's going to be a great success.

"There is always something happening and this organisation does not stand still."

Image caption Volunteer Rosemary Shurgold called the shop "inspirational"

Oxfam opened its first shop in Oxford in 1948 and now has more than 600 stores across the UK.

This month, it is encouraging people to stop buying new clothes and instead buy used gear as part of its Second Hand September campaign.

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Image caption Oxfam's first store, which opened in 1948

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