Moscow's Salvation Army Thrift store closing
On January 17th, the Salvation Army Thrift store in Moscow will be closing for good. It had been in business for more than 10 years.
They are no longer accepting donations at the 315 S. Jackson Street location.
According to a press release provided by regional media contact Lora Marini Baker, the store's employees were notified on January 3rd.
The nine current part-time employees will be laid off on January 17th. The store's one full-time employee will be laid off on January 31st.
Officials said this decision is based on fiscal responsibility.
"The primary purpose of our thrift stores is to provide funding for local Salvation Army services," said Captain Jonathan Harvey, General Secretary for The Salvation Army in the Northwest.
"If a store is not profitable, it doesn't provide the money needed for services in the community. In fact, when a store loses money, it takes funding away from our services."
The Salvation Army in the Moscow-Pullman area will continue to provide services for local families. The services are funded by donations from the community.
Last year, the agency said 458 people received assistance.
This chapter of the Salvation Army had been struggling lately. During the December Red Kettle Drive, Pullman Police said a thief posed as a bell ringer. The thief then grabbed the red kettle and ran away. It was estimated there was enough money in that kettle to help at least three local families.
In Lewiston, the thrift store and services remain open.