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October 05, 2005

Roch. Salvation Army thrift store finds new home

Here's an update on Salvation Army's plan in Rochester by Matt Stolle. Looks like the thrift store is moving across the city to the former Old America store front by Kmart.

The Salvation Army in Rochester is moving its thrift store.

A Salvation Army official confirmed Tuesday that the organization is close to completing a lease agreement that would move its thrift store, currently located at 115 1st Ave. N.E., to the former Old America store at the west end of the Kmart building, 201 9th St. S.E.

The relocation is one component of a master plan aimed at creating more space for the organization.
“It’ll basically just over double the amount of space we have available to sell things, which should increase our income to support other programs,” said Doug Coop, business administrator of the Salvation Army. “This opens up the current store building for other plans.”

Coop said the Salvation Army is looking to open up the thrift store at its new site in January. It has been located at its current site, across the street from the Salvation Army Citadel, for the past 12 years.

The thrift store did more than $1.5 million in business this year, selling used clothing, furniture, and household items, with the proceeds being recycled back into its other programs, such as its adult day care, medical and dental, and social service programs.

The organization’s plan calls for the current thrift store, once vacated, to be remodeled for use as a chapel and to consolidate its administration, its noon meal program, food shelf, disaster and emergency services. Remodeling will probably begin next spring, Coop said.

The final step in the organization’s master plan is to remodel its main building to provide more space for the Good Samaritan Medical and Dental Clinics, and allow expansion of the Caring Partners Adult Day Care Program, which provides activities and companionship to the elderly.


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Old America store? You mean Pawn America, which is moving north of the Soldiers Field Plaza? Of course!

No, Old America was a craft store that used to be housed in the vacant space ATTACHED to Kmart.

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