Not-for-profit store opens in Burnley town centre

Our House store manager Tracy Jonak (centre) cuts the ribbon to open the new store in Charter Walk along with Maisey Dillon, Hannah Rigby, Michaela Wilson and Haleema Malik.
Our House store manager Tracy Jonak (centre) cuts the ribbon to open the new store in Charter Walk along with Maisey Dillon, Hannah Rigby, Michaela Wilson and Haleema Malik.

A new weekly payment store for household goods has opened in Burnley town centre — and it’s only the second if its kind in the country.

Our House, which has opened on the Market Square, has been created by FRC Group, a not-for-profit business who work in partnership with Calico Homes. They claim that the prices at the store are up to 50% cheaper than other rent to own stores, with no hidden charges and optional insurance.

We want our customers to spend less money and we are here to help them to save as much as we can

Donald Stark, Our House managing director

Donald Stark, Our House managing director, said: “We want our customers to spend less money and we are here to help them to save as much as we can.

“Our House has no expensive service package that you must take out and insurance really is optional.

“Because we are a social business with no shareholders, and also a charity, out priority id to offer the best value for our customers, not to make profits ourselves, so we have kept our prices as low as we can and will continue to work and drive them down even further.”

The partnership between Our House and Calico Homes was set up because a growing number of people are turning to expensive sources of credit, such as payday loans to by household goods.

Helen Thompson, Calico’s director of Customer Services, said: “We’re delighted to see Our House opening in Burnley. The service they provide will benefit our communities, particularly in some of our poorer neighbourhoods.

“It’s also great to have worked alongside Our House to recruit staff, apprentices, and volunteers directly from pur communities as we’re all about making social profit rather than financial profit.”