Salvation Army Thrift Store in Bradley has let its workforce know it will be closing its doors for the final time on May 1st. They will continue to accept donations at the location until March 14th.
In a statement issued via their Facebook Page earlier today, the organization said:
“The purpose of Salvation Army Family Thrift Stores has always been to help support programs and services through the Corps that help people in need. Costs to keep our store open have continued to rise over the years and we have come to the decision to close this store location in order to divert those resources into our social services programs to meet the needs of our local community, including sheltering services, feeding programs, financial assistance, and more.”
The Salvation Army purchased the 17,400-square foot building at 1300 Locke Drive across from Steak & Shake in Bradley in 2015 less than one month after Aldi’s closed its doors at the location.
“Please know that The Salvation Army is NOT leaving this community. We are committed to continue serving those in the most need in Kankakee County. This change is necessary to maximize our effectiveness and be the best stewards we can of the generous donations of this community. “
According to the United States Census Bureau and the National Association of Resale Professionals, as of 2018, there were more than 25,000 resale shops in the U.S. Goodwill Industries alone generated more than $5.37 billion dollars from their more than 2,000 stores this past year.
“We are very grateful to the patrons of our store and to those who have generously donated merchandise over the years. We remain deeply committed to meeting the needs of our community.”