Salvation Army store relocates

FAIRMONT – The Salvation Army thrift store in downtown Fairmont closed for business Monday. It will re-open March 4 at its new location.

That gives the organization just one week to move out of the old space and set up shop one block up the street, in what is locally referred to as the old Coast to Coast building, at 314 Downtown Plaza.

Hidden behind a taped-off window, workers were busy on Monday, setting up a storefront display to show off a plethora of Easter decorations. Another worker paired clothing of various sizes with the correct racks.

Nearby, empty shelves waited to be filled with kitchen items, miscellaneous household goods, bargain books and more.

“There’s nothing like a move to make you realize how much stuff you’ve got,” said Major Dale Hixenbaugh of the Salvation Army.

The new space is bigger and should work better for processing donated items, according to Hixenbaugh.

“Plus we love it,” added his wife, Major Joann Hixenbaugh. “There’s more parking, front and back.”

Helping with the packing, moving and cleaning is a combination of staff, volunteers and Sentence to Serve workers. Anyone else who wants to lend a hand is welcome to do so.

Once the new store opens, people can drop off donations using the rear alley door, just as they did at the old site. Accepted donations include clothing, furniture, household goods, sporting equipment, books and more.

Proceeds from sales support the Salvation Army’s Adult Rehabilitation Centers.