Since the 1970s, the Salvation Army Thrift Store has been taking donations, but Friday they closed their doors permanently.

According to CBS 7, with the effects of the pandemic and financial issues, the Salvation Army Thrift Store had to close its doors indefinitely on Friday.

“It just became too great, we had to get out of this building, we sold it, it was the right thing to do because we couldn’t have afforded to make the repairs that we needed to make,” said Lieutenant Robert Coriston.

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He said the past 18 months they looked for other properties, talked with contractors about making the needed repairs, and even thought about combining processing centers but all of those turned out to be too expensive.

“We could’ve went with a bigger location and tried to get the warehouse and the thrift store on the same property, but it just wasn’t cost-effective at this time,” said Lt. Coriston.

The Salvation Army says they will use the money they set aside for remodeling the building for their annual Angel Tree Program, rental assistance, and more.

“We got people who were previously chronically homeless that are moving into their first apartments now, and it’s nice when they could go walk through the store and see their excitement and say, ‘Oh, that’s gonna be my couch! Oh, I want to pick out my bed,’ you know? It was just something that was warming to the soul,” said Lt. Coriston.

The Salvation Army hopes that the closing is just for a while till they can find a new location that is able to accommodate the store.

 

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