Salvation Army opens new thrift store

A cleaner, brighter store greets shoppers as they hunt for bargains in the Salvation Army’s new thrift store on Bowen Road.

A cleaner, brighter store greets shoppers as they hunt for bargains in the Salvation Army’s new thrift store on Bowen Road.

The racks are full of clothes, the shelves stocked and furniture on display in the new store, which opens Saturday (May 28), at the corner of Bowen Road and Caspers Way, in the former Kawasaki dealership.

“It just fit for exactly what we were looking for,” said Dawne Anderson, Salvation Army spokeswoman.

The Bowen Road location replaces the Harewood location on Bruce Avenue, which the Salvation Army decided to close after the lease ended with no opportunity for renewal.

“We needed to be proactive and look for a new location,” Anderson said.

The new building is about 5,500 square feet, roughly half of the old Harewood location. Although it means less furniture on display, there is still plenty of room for the hairdresser to set up shop.

“We didn’t need as much of the space,” Anderson said.

The second floor operates as a storage warehouse for seasonal items, like Christmas decorations. Donations can be made at the store as well.

The prices are typical of Salvation Army thrift stores and lower than the boutique store in Southgate mall. Family discount day on Tuesday and senior’s day on Thursday continue in the new location.

“There is so much to see,” Anderson said.

The grand opening begins at 9:30 a.m. Regular store hours are 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday to Saturday.

For more information, please call 250-754-9340.