Sal-Mart thrift store closing

The Aldergrove Salvation Army Sal-Mart thrift store will be closing the end of July but the Salvation Army intends to open a new store

Major James Hagglund

Major James Hagglund

The Aldergrove Salvation Army Sal-Mart thrift store will be closing the end of July but the Salvation Army intends to open a new store in Aldergrove soon.

“This (closure) does not mean that The Salvation Army does not want a presence in Aldergrove,” said spokesman Major James Hagglund in a statement released Monday.

“The current operation has not proved to be financially viable, nor has it served the community as well as we would like. The Sal-Mart location as well as the Sal-Mart name will cease to be connected to the Salvation Army this summer.

“We are carefully moving towards a larger location and one which will serve the community better. We will be focusing on the retail component, with all profits going to assist the Salvation Army Gateway of Hope Ministries. This focus will allow us to provide a superior service into the Aldergrove area while still supporting the social work of the Salvation Army.”

At this time there is no location locked down, nor is there an opening date.

“It is hoped, however, that these variables will become realities in the next few months,” said Hagglund.

“What we hope to provide to Aldergrove is a medium size store, known as the Salvation Army Family Thrift Store, which will provide, clothing, furniture, housewares and other quality items for the community. These will be displayed in a well-lighted store with stock being added daily.

“Clothing will be displayed by type, size, and colour. Each item will be individually priced and be on our racks for a maximum of three weeks (the desired time is two weeks) before they are replaced with fresh product. Items will be individually priced. This means every day there will be a new shopping adventure at the Salvation Army Family Thrift Store.”

More details will be published as they become available.

Hagglund added, “I would  like to thank everyone for the support they have given the Salvation Army in the past, and as we close off one journey and get ready to start another, I look forward to meeting many of you and sharing the vision of the Salvation Army.”