Salvation Army Thrift Store moves to West Towne Square   

By Greg Miller
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ÊÊ  The Salvation Army Thrift Store will officially open at its new location, West Towne Square, on July 1.
  The store is currently located at 615 W. Elk Ave., in the Elk Crossing shopping center (formerly the Bemberg Center). About 4,000 square feet of the 6,000 square foot building is available for sales space. About 8,000 square feet of the 9,600 square feet in the new location will be used for sales.
  "The reason that we're moving to the new location has been the overwhelming support that we have received from the community...," said Herman Rice, program director. "We've actually outgrown the space that we're in. With the donations and the patronage of the community, our support has just been overwhelming over the last five years. It has put us in a position to where, I think, we can give the community a better quality store with more merchandise..."
  All thrift store proceeds support the local Salvation Army ministries, including shelter, meals, rent assistance, utility bills, disaster relief, etc. The Salvation Army provides vouchers for free clothing for needy families.
  In addition to the Elizabethton store, Rice oversees the operation of two Salvation Army stores in Johnson City and one store in Erwin. Carter, Washington and Unicoi counties comprise the primary service area for the local Salvation Army.
  The Elizabethton thrift store employs a full-time manager and three part-time cashiers.
  Last Christmas, the Salvation Army, in conjunction with the Marines' Toys for Tots campaign, provided toys for more than 800 children in Carter County.
  The store, which is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m., is a member of the Elizabethton/Carter County Chamber of Commerce and United Way of Carter County.
  For more information, call 547-0094.