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February 19, 2014

Salvation Army opens expanded Southfield thrift store

By Mary Beth Almond
C & G Staff Writer

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Salvation Army opens expanded Southfield thrift store
The Salvation Army’s previous Southfield location stands empty a few doors down from the new location.

SOUTHFIELD — Officials opened the doors to a larger Salvation Army thrift store in Southfield Feb. 15, inviting shoppers of all ages to find treasures in a host of goods donated by the public.

The new thrift store, which remains in the Sherwood Square Plaza a few storefronts down from its previous location, is at 26125 Greenfield Road, between I-696 and 11 Mile Road.

The move provided the thrift store with an extra 10,000 square feet of space, according to Jacqulynn Idzior, director of operations for the Salvation Army of Southeast Michigan.

“The people in that area are so generous — we get such a wonderful amount of donations there — that in order to process all those donations and get them out on the floor, we just needed more room,” she said of the move. “Honest to goodness, we were storing donations outside because we just didn’t have enough room to store them inside, so at the end of the night, every night, they would bring the donations into the sales floor and drag them in from outside. Every morning, it took them about an hour to push it all back outside.”

The new space has 7,000 more square feet on the sales floor than the previous location and an additional 3,000 square feet in the back room for donations.

“Now, we don’t have to keep product outside; we can actually keep it inside because we have the space, and we just have a lot more to offer our customers with the additional space on the sales floor,” she said.

Merle Miller, administrator of The Salvation Army Southeast Michigan’s Adult Rehabilitation Center, said in a statement that he’s thrilled to be able to open a larger thrift store that will serve the metro Detroit community with a greater selection of donated items to purchase.

Contributions of gently used clothing, accessories, house wares, furniture and toys are accepted in the rear of the building 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sundays.

“We are forever grateful for the community support we receive from donations and sales that directly fund our adult rehabilitation program,” Miller said in a statement.

Proceeds from the Southfield store, along with the other 33 metro Detroit Salvation Army thrift stores, benefit The Salvation Army Southeast Michigan Adult Rehabilitation Center’s independently funded, 180-day residential rehabilitation program for adults, which offers substance-abusing adults the opportunity to rebuild their lives through a voluntary, short-term, residential self-help program.

“We are entirely self-funded, so all of the money that we earn through the sale of gently used donations goes to fund our program. That’s why donations are so, so very important, and in turn, that’s why our stores are very important. Without the stores, and definitely without the donations, we would be unable to help men and women who are battling substance abuse issues,” Idzior said.

The Salvation Army also plans to expand its Walled Lake store and move its Romeo store to Washington Township, and it has an opportunity to possibly open a store in Ypsilanti Township later this year.

For more information, visit www.salarmythrift.com or call (313) 965-7760.

You can reach C & G Staff Writer Mary Beth Almond at malmond@candgnews.com or at (586)498-1060.