By Caroline Franks
The doors are open at the new larger Salvation Army Thrift Store in Bells Corners, Ottawa. Hundreds of people waited for the doors to open on the morning of February 27th, 2019 anxiously waiting to be the first to find great deals in the brand new store at 1826 Robertson Road.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony officially opened the store with members of The Salvation Army leadership, thrift store staff and Salvation Army mascot Shieldy welcomed people as they arrived.
The first 100 guests received a gift bag and a treat as they entered the doors. Extra staff and volunteers were on hand to serve the large number of guests who filled baskets with unique treasures from kitchen wares, clothing, fabric, shoes, books, ornaments, art, electronics, and games and more.
“We are so incredibly humbled and thankful for the support of the Bells Corners and surrounding communities, who not only came out throughout the day but stood in line outside the store in below zero temperatures for the store opening,” said Michele Walker, Director of Retail Operations for The Salvation Army Thrift Store.
The 11,500 square foot building has a large Donor Welcome Centre in the back and a steady stream of people dropped off donations to help replenish the shelves.
When you donate to one of our Thrift Stores you are supporting Salvation Army programs, services and emergency relief efforts. Profits from the sale of items go back into supporting our programs that help men, women and children out of poverty. Those in need are given vouchers to our stores allowing them to choose the items that best suit their family.
The Salvation Army brass band played while guests shopped and The Emergency Disaster Services Vehicle offered free hot chocolate to warm up shoppers on the chilly morning.
Interior designer and blogger Erin Rochon of Bluebird Upcycle demonstrated how to enhance some of the great finds in our store with chalk paint.
Later in the afternoon the Corus Boom 99.7 FM street team set up at the store to play some great music and joined in the celebration through the early evening.
“We were so pleased by comments from guests who were thrilled, excited and had so many great things to say about the store and our staff. They expressed how pleased they were by how the store looked, the increased space and the items available,” said Michele. “To see this kind of support is overwhelming. Thank you Bells Corners for keeping us in your hearts throughout our closure and for welcoming us back to the community.”