Salvation Army thrift store set to close in New London


NEW LONDON, Conn. (WTNH) — $5.99 reads one tag on a pair of hospital scrubs.

Just one of many deals to be found at the Salvation Army Store on Bank Street and now even more so. Friday everything was 75% off. But the reason for those big bargains has some people quite sad.

“I have a lot of memories a lot with my co-workers coming down here,” says Eleanor Duplee.

She loves a good bargain but these days there’s a lot less to choose from.

“If you’re lucky you see brand names,” says Duplee. “You don’t expect that but you do.”

Regulars were told weeks ago that the store is closing. New London, Torrington, West Hartford, and Danbury are four out of the eleven Salvation Army thrift stores in the state which will shut down next week.

“I got a pair of pants here you can unzip them and make a pair of shorts out of them,” says Doreen Corbeil of New London. “A buck 99. That was back in ’96. I still have them.” She too is saddened to see the store close.

In a statement the Salvation Army says “The first priority of the stores was to raise funds to continue offering rehabilitation programs to people in need at no-cost…” but the four locations no longer made enough money to support the programs.

“The decision to close the stores was not made lightly,” said Captain Leo Lloyd, who oversees The Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center in Hartford.

“Be a shame when they take this,” says Corbeil. “Where’s everybody go shopping now? Walmart’s high.”

For Corbeil the store’s prices aren’t bargains they are what she can afford. The prices of the shoes, clothing, and home furnishings are now drastically cut because everything must go.

“Mmmm they should lower the prices down,” says Corbeil even though they’re already 75 percent off.
She wants to see them a hundred percent off. “Yeah why not,” she says with a laugh.

Even though the thrift store is closing all the services provided by the Salvation Army at the worship and community center on Governor Winthrop Boulevard will continue just like always.

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