HIBBING — As far as moves go, the Hibbing Salvation Army’s relocation of its Thrift Store to a Family Store down Howard Street wasn’t too far.
But the new location could make a mile of difference.
Located off Howard Street and Second Avenue West, the Family Store opens for business today, although completion of the big move might not be finalized until the tomorrow.
After months of planning for the move, Lt. Randy Stahl said he’s just excited to welcome people into the new location.
Lt. Debbie Stahl said the switch to a bigger, family-oriented store allows more room to display items that appeal to people of all ages.
“We wanted to go from the thrift store to the family store because there’s something for everyone,” she said.
The thrift shop, attached to The Salvation Army’s headquarters on the corner of Howard Street and First Avenue, closed Saturday after a week long 50 percent sale. Volunteers were also working that day bringing items to the new shop.
The Family Store has triple the square footage of the Thrift Store, which will solve a major storage problem, Randy said.
“(At the thrift store) we had so much stuff in the back room that we couldn’t put out because we didn’t have the space,” he said.
Space shouldn’t be a problem at the new, 3,000 square foot building. Shelves were filling up Monday morning as workers hauled over televisions, clothes and furniture to fill one of the empty spaces in the building ahead of the opening.
The new store also frees up the thrift shop for future renovation, Randy said. The plan could be to turn that space into a chapel, with the old one being converted into community space.
“I believe that we need to move the chapel in to the far room and then we’ll open the community room,” he said.
Ultimately, the new location will equal more potential to raise funds for the organization’s services, Debbie said.
Prices on items will be as affordable as ever, she added, while more items on the shelves can lead to more sales.
The Salvation Army staff and volunteers worked tirelessly late last week, Saturday and Monday morning to get the shop ready for the opening,Debbie said.
“Volunteers have pitched in,” she said. “We couldn’t have done it without them.”
Hours for the new store are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays. Signs on the closed Thrift Store will be put up to direct people down the street to the new shop, which is affixed with a big new “Family Store” sign.