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Franciscan Center to open thrift store in former Goodwill at Coliseum and Parnell

Tuesday, April 23, 2013 - 7:08 am

Thrift store shoppers used to visiting the former Goodwill store on Coliseum Boulevard at Parnell Avenue soon can look for bargains there again.

The Franciscan Center plans to open a thrift store by June 1 in the same location, 925 Coliseum Blvd. E., said Tony Ley, the ministry's executive director.

The store could open earlier if everything is ready, Ley said . They have a lot of inventory, but they don't have all of the racks and shelving ready.

Goodwill closed its store there in March to move to a new location in the former Fashion Bug storefront in Glenbrook Commons.

“This is purely a revenue stream to help us keep our missions open,” Ley said.

The Franciscan Center, 4643 Gaywood Drive, serves the needy through food pantry, medicine cabinet and sack lunch ministries.

Over the last few years, Ley said the amount of monetary grants received by his organization has declined while the need for assistance has increased.

The Franciscan Center still needs all of the donations people and organizations give it, and it will continue to hold all of the fundraisers it has held in the past, he said. But opening the thrift store provides a way for the center to generate additional money on its own.

When it opens, store hours will be 9 a.m.-7 p.m. weekdays, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays and closed Sundays, Ley said. The store will be staffed by a full-time manager, part-time assistant manager and volunteers.

Ley said the store will sell clothes, toys, shoes, kitchen items, some furniture, countertop appliances, gaming systems, stereos and more. It cannot accept donations of used mattresses and bed pillows, PC computers, or large appliances, such as refrigerators, stoves, washers and dryers.

Donations for the store can be dropped off in the donation box behind the building, where the Goodwill drop box used to be, he said. People also can call The Franciscan Center at 744-3977 to schedule pickup of a donation.

Ley eventually hopes to have a store website people can check to find out about featured items, such as antiques, available at the store. The store also plans to recycle items it can't sell, he said.