On October 31, the Municipal Executive approved the environmental permit of Atejee vzw for the construction of a new thrift shop in Merelbeke. The thrift shop will be located at 202 Hundelgemsesteenweg in Flora. There, a former electrical shop and a warehouse will be renovated and two homes will be demolished.
A new two-storey building will be built in front of the existing warehouse, which will accommodate a shop, offices and a staff area. A loading and unloading zone will be provided between the old and new building where people can drop off old items to give them a second life. The foreground of the plot will be designed as a parking bay with two ramps so that traffic can reach the site safely. In addition to a car park for visitors and staff, a bicycle shed for 20 bicycles is also planned on the site.
Alderman for Urban Planning Pascal Rousseaux is pleased that a thrift shop can finally be opened in Merelbeke. “The council hopes for a smooth realization of the environmental permit and is looking forward to a good collaboration with Ateljee vzw.”
“Now that the environmental permit has been obtained, we can start with the necessary work. The store is expected to open in the spring of 2024, possibly in March. The Kringwinkel team is working on an original concept,” says Geert Deruyck, spokesperson for the Kringwinkel Ateljee.