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Expansion time: the Hospitals Auxilliary, a charity will demolish the smaller of two prefabricated buildings that it uses for its outlet, The Barn, and construct a larger building (File photograph)

Bermuda’s biggest thrift store has a plan to expand.

The Hospitals Auxiliary of Bermuda, which runs The Barn on Devon Spring Road, has filed a planning application to demolish the smaller of the two buildings on the Devonshire site and replace it with a larger prefabricated structure.

Nancy Oughton, the general manager of the charity, said: “The smaller building is very dilapidated, so we will be replacing it with a prefabricated steel building, which will be slightly larger.

“The larger space will allow us to display more items for sale and, in addition, have more space for sorting.”

She said the organisation would have a better idea of when work would begin once the plans were approved.

Ms Oughton said: “It is estimated the total renovation time will be approximately eight months.

“During this time, we will still remain open for business, however, we may have to curtail the donations received due to the limited storage space and the public will be notified accordingly.”

A document in the application said: “The proposed new building will be 44ft by 74ft, attached to the existing building to remain with a breezeway for accepting donations.

“The existing building has a bathroom that will remain. The new building has two new bathrooms for staff making three total, which is adequate.”

The application said the larger building would mean less parking space and conceded that the parking could be difficult on Saturdays, but there will be parking spaces for up to 27 cars and 20 bikes after the work is complete.

The project also includes a new grey water borehole and a new sanitary borehole.

The Barn first opened in 1964 to sell second-hand items on the Paget property of Sir Henry Tucker and Lady Tucker on South Road.

The store moved to a prefabricated building on Devon Spring Road in 1986 and expanded in 2002.

The Barn (File photograph)