THE Salvation Army has confirmed the closure of one of its thrift store locations, and customers are preparing for a liquidation sale.
The organization confirmed Friday that the store in Hopkinsville, Kentucky, about 22 miles from the state’s southwestern border with Tennessee, would shut down indefinitely next month.
Corps Officer Lieutenant Lindsey Galabeas said that the closure came after lengthy deliberation in an effort to transform the building to better serve residents, per Christian County Now.
“While the decision to close the store was not made lightly, we believe it is a responsible step forward in enhancing our ability to serve the community more effectively,” Galabeas told the outlet.
Financial struggles were also noted as a cause of the Salvation Army thrift store closing, including “sales and operational challenges.”
Galabeas stressed that the closing presented a better opportunity for the Salvation Army to do more, promising a clothing closet with free access to “gently used” items from community members who might need them.
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“We plan to repurpose the store space to better meet the evolving needs of our community,” the lieutenant continued.
“Plans include establishing a clothing closet where our neighbors in need can access gently used clothing items.”
The official closure date is set for March 8.
It was noted in the press release from the Salvation Army that up until the final day of business, the Hopkinsville thrift store will operate on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm, per radio station WHOP.
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In the days leading up to the March 8 deadline, likely the week leading up to it, there will also be a liquidation sale to get rid of remaining inventory.
A specific timeline for the sale was not specified, but The U.S. Sun has contacted the Salvation Army for more information.
The Salvation Army also noted that donations are currently being accepted for the upcoming clothing closet, along with non-perishable food items, at its larger facility in Hopkinsville.
The closure of the thrift store will also reportedly not affect any other typical duties of the Salvation Army in the area.
As The U.S. Sun previously reported, the Louisville-based Salvation Army encountered a Christmas miracle this past holiday season.
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The chapter set a goal of $500,000 raised and set up several locations for the iconic bell ringing and Salvation Army Red Kettle, where good samaritans can donate some spare change or cash.
A coin collector must’ve stopped by — as they dropped in a one-ounce gold piece worth $2,000 in a Red Kettle outside a Walmart location in the area.
“It’s always a wonderful surprise to find one, and it truly speaks to the generosity of the Louisville community,” The Salvation Army said in a press release from December.
“It doesn’t always happen in Louisville, but when it does, we celebrate this gift because it’s a true blessing, especially with the campaign set to end on Christmas Eve.”
Interestingly, the gold coin phenomenon happened at several Salvation Army locations across the country.
Volunteers in Vermont found a gold coin taped to a $5 bill.
There’s seemingly been a shopper leaving gold coins for the past 10 years, according to the organization.
The Red Kettle Christmas Campaign started back in 1891, per the Salvation Army website.
Salvation Army Captain Joseph McFee started the initiative as an effort to give back to the homeless population in San Francisco, California.
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