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Salvation Army closing family store, reopening later as hub for services

May 23, 2022 | 12:10 am

Updated May 22, 2022 | 7:50 pm

Photo by Josh Kelly

The Salvation Army is closing its Family Store location at the end of the month, but they promise to continue the services in the future.

Lt. Judah Irvin said that the decision to close the store came after years of reflection on how the store is impacting the community and the budget of the organization.

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While they noticed that the service was being used by the community, Irvin noted that it was not generating enough income back into the overall operating budget.

Since the service was still being utilized — and fell in line with the organization’s mission of preaching the gospel of Jesus and meeting the needs of the community in his name — they thought it would be a bad idea to get rid of the services altogether.

So instead, they are merging their services.

“The decision was made to close the Family Store but we will continue to do the services that we’ve always done and potentially reuse that space in a new way that would operate as a hub for all of our services in one place,” Irvin said.

With the store closing on May 31, he said that when the business reopens, he wants to continue to accept clothing and other donations of gently used items for the community to utilize.

The change was something that he also felt is supposed to happen, as communities and their needs change.

“The consumers change or the market changes or the need in the community might change. So we’re really excited to look at how we can best serve the community and best fulfill our mission,” he said.

Currently, there is not an open date for the new service hub; however, there is a 50% off sale happening until the end of the month.

May 23, 2022 | 12:10 am

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