Kyle of Lochalsh RNLI shop renovated and reopen for business
The RNLI shop has undergone an extensive refurbishment, including a new layout, new displays, and for the first time an area dedicated to telling the story of the RNLI, Kyle lifeboat station and some of the rescues the lifeboat has been involved in
The shop in the lifeboat station has now fully reopened after after having a full refurbishment over the past few months. There has been a complete overhaul of the layout with new brighter displays, more merchandise, and for the first time a new area dedicated to telling the story of the RNLI. This area includes information about some of the rescues that Kyle lifeboat, Spirit of Fred. Olsen has been involved in over the past couple of years. The shop, which is staffed by volunteers, is open between 11am & 3pm Tuesday to Saturday, and is also used as the hub for the collection of the 5p pots which has so far raised £1500 for the Kyle station.
A Kyle RNLI spokesperson says: ‘The new shop looks fantastic, and is a great improvement on what was there before. We now stock a wide variety of toys, gifts, homewares, sweets, clothing and stationery. We have also recently launched a dedicated Facebook page for the shop called Lifeboat Shop – Kyle of Lochalsh, giving updates on opening hours throughout the year, special offers and what we have in stock’.
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