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Salvation Army Thrift Store Set To Close

February 14, 2014, 4:55 PM by Jared Ransom

Salvation Army Thrift Store Set To Close
SIOUX FALLS, SD -

Letting go of the Salvation Army Thrift Store isn't something Major Tom Riggs wanted to do, but after looking long and hard at the group's finances, he says the decision was inevitable.

"We've been looking at relocating the thrift store for about a year, but because we've been experiencing with the thrift store a diminished income. We've been falling in debt to the tune of $50,000 a year," Major Riggs said.

Customers say it will be sad to see it go, but there just isn't enough business to stay in business.

"The thrift store offers people good, quality clothing at a reasonable price, but when we've only been making $100 a day, then we're not doing well," Major Riggs said.

One of the big reasons behind the drop in customers, Major Riggs says, is the drop in cars that pass by. He says Cliff Avenue isn't what it used to be.

"Twenty years ago, this was a thriving center, twenty years ago this was making money hand over fist, but now traffic flows more on 41st Street and different areas around town," Major Riggs.

The thrift store may be closing after more than 20 years in business, but Major Riggs is looking at it in a positive light. As one door closes, another one opens.

Once the store closes, the organization's social services office will move in, and more room will be available to fill boxes of food for seniors from Feeding South Dakota.

"We're moving in a new direction, we're going to still meet people's needs. Senior citizens are still going to be able to get their food, we're still going to be able to be doing what the Salvation Army has purposed, to meet people's needs at their point of need," Major Riggs said.

Saturday will be the final day that the thrift store is open. After tomorrow, they will put everything that isn't sold into storage or quickly try to find it all a new home.

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