The Salvation Army’s new thrift store location in Center Line features “a more spacious layout” offering “an enhanced shopping experience.” Patrons will also find expanded merchandise displays and new fitting rooms.

The Salvation Army’s new thrift store location in Center Line features “a more spacious layout” offering “an enhanced shopping experience.” Patrons will also find expanded merchandise displays and new fitting rooms.

Photo by Brian Louwers


New Salvation Army thrift store open in Center Line

By: Brian Louwers | Warren Weekly | Published June 1, 2018

CENTER LINE — Where you could once buy a new Harley, you can now score a great deal on donated new and gently used furniture, clothing and other merchandise.

Center Line’s new Salvation Army Family Thrift Store and Donation Center officially opened May 12 at 25152 Van Dyke Ave., in space formerly occupied by Detroit Harley-Davidson. The opening represents a shift in location from the Salvation Army’s previous store on 10 Mile Road and, according to a release from the charitable organization, is part of a wider initiative by the Salvation Army Southeast Michigan Adult Rehabilitation Centers to invest $2 million into many of the Detroit area’s 37 thrift stores.

According to the release, the new location in Center Line features “a more spacious layout” offering “an enhanced shopping experience.” Patrons will also find expanded merchandise displays and new fitting rooms.

A larger back room area was reportedly needed to process a greater volume of donations, all of which were required to be handled inside, as part of an agreement with city officials in Center Line. The Center Line Planning Commission approved a special use for the property late last year that permitted the development within the current zoning.

In its statement, the Salvation Army said the greater amount of space will result in “a continual flow of new merchandise to the sales floor.”

“They’re busy every day,” Center Line City Manager Dennis Champine said. “The move was definitely a good idea. Their numbers have skyrocketed at the Salvation Army. The parking lot is full all the time now. They’re getting visibility now on Van Dyke, which is great. It’s a wonderful, nice and clean store.”

Champine said the staff had worked to meet the city’s requirements for drop-offs and handling of donated materials indoors and not outside the building since it opened in May.

He said the property is currently zoned B1A, which falls into the city’s Neighborhood Business District. A thrift store would normally fall under the CC, or Community Commercial District.

“As long as they follow the rules, I think everything is going to be fine for that area,” Center Line Mayor Bob Binson said. “All of the exchanges are supposed to take place inside the building so they don’t have the bins outside.

“The Salvation Army is a great organization, and they’ve got a lot of people who like to buy resale stuff now. Kids are into it. I think it’s a good thing to have. I think it’s going to do very well,” Binson said.

According to the Salvation Army, proceeds from the sales at all 37 thrift store locations in metro Detroit benefit independently funded 180-day residential rehab programs for adults offered by the Salvation Army Southeast Michigan Adult Rehabilitation Center. The Salvation Army operates a men’s rehab campus in Detroit and a campus for women in Romulus, with a capacity to serve 400 participants simultaneously.

For more information, visit www.semichigan.satruck.org or call (313) 965-7760.