Monday, October 25, 2004

Hope Chest Celebrates One-Year Anniversary During National Hospice Month

In its first year of operation, Hope Chest has made almost 50 thousand sales. About 200 times each day, shoppers purchase everything from large TVs to antiques, from ballroom gowns to trendy casual wear.

It’s been a year since the store changed its name from Twice is Nice and moved from Metro Parkway to 13821 North Cleveland Avenue in North Fort Myers. The business outgrew its original 4,800 square feet of floor space and now occupies 30,000 square feet in a former Publix supermarket.

"Hope Chest is an asset to the operation of Hope Hospice as well as to the community," said Samira K. Beckwith, Hope president and CEO. "The community has been very kind to us, with their donations of high-quality merchandise for resale. The proceeds from all sales benefit our patients and their families."

In celebration of its first year and National Hospice Month, Hope Chest has planned a month of special shopper opportunities:

Week of November 1: Hope Chest begins its sale of Christmas merchandise - fifty percent off until after the holidays.
Week of November 8: Selected sofas priced at $25, chairs at $10.
Week of November 15: Clothing 75 percent off (unless otherwise marked).
Week of November 22: Furniture priced at 25 percent off, including antique pieces.
Other specials to be offered each day.
On Monday, November 15, Hope Hospice will present Hope Chest Volunteer Day, with an open house, refreshments and information about working at the store as a volunteer.

Hope Chest is open Monday through Friday from 9 AM until 5 PM, and Saturday from 9 AM until 4 PM. For more information, call (239) 652-1114.