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WATERLOO – The Salvation Army of Waterloo/Cedar Falls is closing its Family Thrift Store in downtown Waterloo.

Beginning immediately, the store at 415 E. Seventh St., will no longer be accepting donations and will be directing them to St. Vincent de Paul at 320 Broadway St.

For more than two decades the thrift store’s mission was to support programs of The Salvation Army of Waterloo/Cedar Falls. Operating expenses for the store have not allowed this support to continue.

“Although we are extremely grateful for all the donations and support from the community over the years, the store hasn’t been able to keep pace with competition in the area, so we have made the difficult decision to close,” said Major Harold Poff, commanding officer. “However, closing the thrift store will allow our limited staff and resources to focus on our other services such as our youth center and emergency homeless shelters.”

The Salvation Army is working closely with its thrift store volunteers and employees to help them through this transition, as well as expanding existing partnerships with other agencies to ensure those seeking assistance are provided with the appropriate referrals and resources to meet their needs.

The store has begun a going-out-of-business sale to reduce inventory. The anticipated date for closing the store will be June 14, pending inventory and staff availability.

Discounts will be as follows: Through Wednesday, 50 percent off everything in the store (extended hours 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday); Thursday through Monday, 75 percent off everything in the store; June 12-14: 90 percent off everything in the store.

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