On Monday, September 29, 2014 The Salvation Army, with help from city officials, broke ground on the empty lot at 5th & Broadway. The ceremony was attended by Mayor Kyle Moore, as well as former and current Salvation Army Board Members & Managers, Major Andrew Miller, representatives from Architechnics and Maas Construction.
In 2013, The Salvation Army purchased property between 4th & 5th Streets on Broadway in preparation for construction of a new Thrift Store. The sale of the property closed on Friday, October 11, 2013 clearing the way for The Salvation Army to begin construction of the new facility, which is being designed by Architechnics, Inc. of Quincy.
Located directly across 5th Street from The Salvation Army John Gardner Stevenson Emergency Shelter & Family Services Center, the new approximately 25,000 square foot Thrift Store facility will feature the ability to accept donations through a covered drive-thru donation center, increased floor space, and a modern storefront design with parking on-site. Upon the opening of this new facility, in the summer of 2015, The Salvation Army Thrift Store at 812 Maine Street will close.
“Our intention is to move the operations of our existing store from Maine Street to the new location, and it is important for the public to understand why we are building this new store,” stated Area Commander, Major Andrew Miller. “Our Thrift Store directly supports the homeless population, who rely on our Emergency Shelter. In fact, our store may be the only thrift store in the area that uses its proceeds solely for the purpose of funding a shelter. Our existing Thrift Store operations simply must be updated so that we can fulfill this need. “
Major Miller further stated, “This Thrift Store project is very different from the other recent projects we have completed in Quincy including the Kroc Center and the Emergency Shelter & Family Services Center. Those projects were largely funded through major donations and fundraising campaigns before we broke ground. We will be taking out a mortgage in order to initiate this project. That is how strongly we believe in it.”
The construction of the new store will serve to further consolidate The Salvation Army’s operations in Quincy into one central campus with its epicenter at 5th & Broadway, improving efficiency and reducing costs.
The Thrift Store is an important component of The Salvation Army’s operations, since proceeds from sales help fund The Salvation Army Emergency Shelter in Quincy. It is part of the “hand up, not a hand out” process which ultimately supports shelter residents in the long run. It is hoped that the new store, with better access and more parking, will help provide much needed additional revenue for the Emergency Shelter. The shelter provides emergency housing for families and single men and women. It is the only shelter within more than 100 miles serving both singles and families. The Family Thrift Store provides vouchers to area schools for teachers and administrators to share with families in need. Last year, 4,903 items of clothing and furniture were provided to qualified individuals through The Salvation Army Family Services and Emergency Shelter.