Thrift shops expect increase due to closing of Salvation Army

NORWICH – The departure of the Salvation Army Thrift Store from downtown Norwich leaves not only another vacant storefront on South Broad Street, but also a growing number of customers with fewer choices for acquiring and disposing of used merchandise.

The two remaining outlets for city shoppers are the Pink Door Thrift Shop, operated by Chenango Memorial Hospital volunteers, and Roots and Wings, a division of Catholic Charities. Both expect increased business and neither is sure whether they have the physical space for donations nor the staffing to meet the community’s needs.

The number of new families served by Roots & Wings, where clothing and food is free to income-eligible customers, has nearly doubled from a year ago. Moreover, according to Program Director Melinda Mandeville, of the 832 families served in May, more than 30 had never before visited the outlet.

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