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Salvation Army thrift store moves to bigger digs

Sue Guinn Legg • May 24, 2019 at 9:42 PM

The Johnson City Salvation Army has moved its family thrift store from South Roan Street to a more spacious location on East Main Street.

Closed for several weeks during the move, the Salvation Army Family Store and donation drop-off center reopened Wednesday in the former Food Lion building at 1420 E. Main.

Capt. Michael Cox said the new location has 3,500 square feet of additional floor space for “more walk-around room” and a new “more organized and cleaner design” the organization believes customers will appreciate.

“We’re very grateful to our volunteers and advisory board members for helping us in the transition,” Cox said, noting that the move came at some cost.

Going forward, he said, “We want people to remember we’re in a new location and our hope is they will come in and shop and donate to help us put that back into our services.”

Asked about a grand opening celebration at the new store location, Cox revealed yet another transition on the Salvation Army’s horizon.

The grand opening will be delayed until after the anticipated June arrival of the Johnson City Corps’ newly assigned corps commander, Lts. Antwann and Bethany Yocum.

As Cox and his wife, Capt. Laura Cox, move on to a new corps command in  Bowling Green, Ky., he said, the grand opening will provide a great opportunity for the Yocums to meet the community here.

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