Salvation Army to open thrift outlet Thursday

October 03, 1997|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

The Salvation Army is opening a 25,000-square-foot thrift outlet and donation center on a 6.74-acre lot at the southeast corner of U.S. 1 and Guilford Road in Savage next week.

The center includes a 15,000-square-foot thrift shop and a 10,000-square-foot warehouse for storage and sorting, said Maj. William C. Madison, regional administrator for the Salvation Army. The center will create 15 jobs.

"I'm very excited," he said of the opening at 10 a.m. Thursday. "I have a very positive feeling that this is going to be a good store."

The donation center will feature a drive-through for donors who are dropping off clothing, household items and furniture, Madison said.

The donation center will be open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. "It gives people a tax write-off without them having to get out of their car," he said. "We're trying to make it as convenient as we can for people to donate to us because we have to have donations to have this store."

The shop will be open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Madison said. He also emphasized that the outlet would not be selling junk items.

"All you have to do is come in one time and see," Madison said. "We put all of our quality merchandise out there and let the word of mouth get out."

Proceeds will help operate the Salvation Army's long-term Rehabilitation Center. The new outlet is one of 14 of the group's thrift stores in the Baltimore-Washington area, Madison said.

William B. Waff, president of the Savage Community Association, said he thinks the thrift outlet will be as successful as the Laurel Thrift Store, a privately owned store once run by AMVETS about five miles south of the new Salvation Army store.

"That was very popular, and I have a feeling that [the new shop] will appeal to the same group of people," Waff said. "I think a lot of people will be attracted to it."

Pub Date: 10/03/97

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