The new location, which will open at 73-26 Metropolitan Ave., will be a Salvation Army family store where patrons will be able to find great deals on second-hand clothing, furniture, appliances, accessories, jewelry, toys and much more. A former pharmacy, the location has been vacant for many years.
“The Salvation Army is been interested in the site for a number of years. However we were only recently able to negotiate an affordable purchase,” said Joe Irvine, an administrator for the Salvation Army. “We look forward to becoming a community partner.”
The proceeds from the family store will help fund the Salvation Army’s Adult Rehabilitation Center (ARC) program, an intense six-month, faith-based, work therapy, drug and alcohol rehabilitation program.
“We have been running a deficit throughout the winter,” Irvine said of the ARC program. “We get no federal, state, city or other funding for the program. We’ve needed to borrow money from the Salvation Army headquarters. This store is a rejuvenation of the project.”
“We’re totally dependent on these stores,” he continued. “It also gives us an opportunity for certain individuals in the program to get job training. That’s the great thing about our program: it is real-world therapy.”
This location will become the 11th installation for the Salvation Army’s Brooklyn/Staten Island ARC area command.
“The store will provide up to 10 employment positions for local residents,” Irvine said. “We hope to open the store June 19. There will be door prizes and giveaways celebrating the grand opening.”
“We have already noticed that it is a very family-oriented area,” Irvine added. “We think that we will be a welcomed clothing store to the area. We look forward to being a part of the community.”