For most businesses, expansion is a good thing. For Salvation Army social services, increased demand comes with the reality that more people in the community are in need.
This is the case in Summerside, where recently the Salvation Army relocated and expanded a trio of offerings in the city – namely the thrift store, food bank and soup kitchen.
With increasing demand, the services simply outgrew their former locations. The Thrift Store had previously been located on Water Street in a shared space with the soup kitchen and the food bank. Now both the food bank and the thrift store share new accommodations on the All Weather Highway, and the soup kitchen has been relocated to the Summerside Corps on Pope Road.
According to Marj Montgomery, Summerside Community and Family Services Coordinator, the new locations more than double the square footage of the original and present a new bright and open environment.
The thrift store recently held a grand opening ceremony to recognize the move. A large crowd turned out to check out the new location, while enjoying some food and entertainment by local act Gordie MacKeeman and His Rhythm Boys. Representatives from the provincial and municipal government were also on hand.