The company employs about 1,000 staff, according to its latest annual report. Chief executive Stephen Marks, who founded the company, owns more than 40% of the firm, while billionaire Mike Ashley’s Frasers Group owns just under a quarter of the company.
However, charity shops are better prepared this time, Mr Osterley said. Take for example Stockport hospice charity, Beechwood Cancer Care. There's been a queue of customers at its Heald Green precinct. But it is only open to shoppers, not droppers, this week.