OXFAM'S first supersized charity shop welcomed volunteers and organisers to a special preview evening last night.

People were able to browse the hundreds of donated items, with everything from fridges to the latest fashion spread across the 18,500-sq ft warehouse at Oxford Business Park.

Oxfam's trading director Andrew Horton said the store, which is a first for the charity, was 'better than I ever imagined'.

He added: "We had always held this idea that we wanted it to be a real retail experience."

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Mr Horton called the superstore, which also includes a drive-through drop off for donations and cafe, as a 'treasure trove' which he hoped would also become a 'comunity hub for Cowley'.

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Community groups and social enterprises will be able to usededicated meeting spaces, while interactive workshops, activities and talks will take place regularly in-store.

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Project manager Julie Neeve said the secondhand supermarket had taken seven weeks to set up and the team were looking forward to welcoming people to the official opening on Saturday.

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She added: "It's amazing, we've been really blown away by the support we've received. 

"The response so far has been great."

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The superstore will be open four days a week but will be accept donations every day.

As well as 11 jobs, the store has also created 150 volunteering roles.

The store will be open between 10am and 5.30pm on Saturday.

To find out more about volunteering opportunities visit oxfam.org.uk/superstore or email oxfordsuperstore@oxfam.org.uk