Mar 15, 2010 7:32 PM by Kate
The Lafayette Salvation Army thrift store has been closed since last year for reorganization. But it's reopening later this month.
Tough economic times took a toll on the store. They closed, after losing about $200 a day. Their United Way money was reduced and they were forced to compete with sites like Craigslist.
Now, 8 months later, with new management and a new look, their outlook is much brighter.
Lafayette resident Lilly Duhon arrived at the East Third Street location of the Salvation Army on Monday, relieved to find someone at the store. "I called, nobody answered, so I said I'm gonna take a chance," said Duhon. She donated several bags of her late husbands possessions.
"I can't cope with looking at the clothes in the closet," she said.
Duhon's donations will help fill the racks at the newly renovated thrift store. Over the past few months, the store has gotten a face lift. "We really refurbished everything, from the floors, cleaning waxing the floors, we've got new racks, new hangers, new clothes, new furniture, pretty much everything is brand new," said Sgt. John Autry.
New security cameras are going up around the facility to discourage theft. Six employees will be hired, and then, they'll be open for business no later than March 31st.
The money raised from the thrift store will go to the expand the men's shelter on Sixth Street in Lafayette. They're currently doubling their capacity with a new dorm. The men's shelter should be complete in about 90 days. When it's finished, it will house up to 70 people.
As for the store, the hours are changing. They'll be open later too accommodate shoppers after work schedules. The new hours are Tuesday-Saturday from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm.