Freezing rain and chilly temperatures weren’t enough to sway residents of Burlington from going out to support the grand re-opening of their new and improved Salvation Army Thrift Store.
By 8:45 a.m. on Friday, January 27th, hundreds of bargain hunters and thrift-loving shoppers had queued up outside the newly renovated and expanded store at 3245 Fairview Street waiting for the doors to open at 9 a.m.
By 9:10 a.m., the plaza parking lot was full and all free $10 gift certificates were already issued to the first 100 customers to enter the store.
“We could not have asked for a better turn-out and more positive response from the community,” said Maria Guayacan, Thrift Store District Manager. “We were thrilled to see some of our regular shoppers and to meet guests who were visiting us for the first time.”
Visitors to the almost 15,000 sq. ft. department-style thrift store (roughly three times the size of the previous space) were treated to $1 and $2 deals, free giveaways and a wide selection of product offerings including brand new mattresses, furniture and carpets, as well as high-quality gently-used clothing shoes, toys, books, housewares, electronics and home furnishings.
Helen Evans, Store Manager, said visitors were truly impressed with the results of the renovations. “The expansion is more than just a larger space and some paint. We have totally redone the store from floors, to lighting, to new fixtures and change rooms. The only things we didn’t change were the great bargains,” said Evans.
The staff at the store all agree that the renovations will provide current customers a warmer more convenient shopping experience. They’re also hoping the changes will continue to entice new customers to visit the store and see that it is possible to buy great products at low prices and at the same time help support those less fortunate in the community.
The Burlington Thrift Store accepts donations daily during regular store hours.
Store hours are:
Monday to Friday – 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Saturday – 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
The store is closed on Sundays.
For more information, please call 905-633-8762 or visit www.thriftstore.ca