Ottawa's Salvation Army thrift store, located at 700 Chestnut St., will not be reopening its doors.
Costs to operate the store have continued to rise over the years, and the Salvation Army made the decision to divert those resources into social services programs to better meet the needs of the local community.
The organization stresses that The Salvation Army is still in Ottawa to serve those in need in Northern La Salle County with pastoral, financial and emergency services through its Social Service office and Pathway of Hope programs.
“The Salvation Army has not left town by any means,“ Major Connie Shaw, Corps Officer for the Ottawa Salvation Army said. "We're committed to serving the community. This change is necessary to be good stewards of resources provided and to maximize the effectiveness of both our finances and our space for programs.
"This hard decision comes amid rising business costs."
The store will remain closed after being shut down since March due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Shaw confirmed the thrift store space will be re-imagined to provide additional services to meet the needs in the community.
The store will no longer be able to accept donations. A Servant’s Heart Resale Boutique and Lily Pads, both of Ottawa, are alternate donation sites.
"We are very grateful to the patrons of our store and to those who have generously donated merchandise through the many years we have operated a thrift store in Ottawa," Shaw said. "We remain deeply committed to serving the community."