Salvation Army opens store on Miracle Mile

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ROCKFORD (WREX) — After nearly two decades a thrift store is relocated.

It hardly took anytime at all for the Charles Street fixture to move to the Miracle Mile where it had its grand opening. It’s a decision The Salvation Army auxiliary captain says is necessary.

“The building was considerably old,” Auxiliary Captain Paul Bowyer said. “It was going to require a lot of maintenance so, when we saw this opportunity, it took about three months to make it come to fruition.”

Hundreds of people stood in line to see the building and shop. Frank Beach, the 10th ward alderman spoke words of passion about the completion of the project, saying it would lead to growth in the community.

“Economic development is more than a buzz word,” Alderman Beach said. “You hear that all over the place, but it’s when groups of people step up and invest.”

Once inside, the Alderman continued his high praise of the charitable organization and the facility.

“It’s 15,000 square feet of wonderful thrift items and the store is just jammed with people on this opening day,” Alderman Beach said. “We’re really happy they’re here.”

Every dollar that’s spent here will go to The Salvation Army’s Adult Rehabilitation Center just off 18th Avenue. The Center provides an in-house program for mental, spiritual and emotional support for men.

“All of our stores in northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin, this is our only resource,” Captain Bowyer said. “It’s the only thing that funds the program down on 18th Avenue.”

“It’s a wonderful thing, it has been in Rockford for more than 100 years, but it’s still a secret that most people don’t know about,” Alderman Beach said.

Captain Bowyer also added he was very proud that the organization didn’t lose any employees in the move to the new location.The Rockford chapter of The Salvation Army runs 11 stores that help to fund the adult rehabilitation program.

The new store is located at 4050 E. State St. in Rockford.

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