Salvation Army opens new Delta store after July fire

Two months after an electrical fire burned down The Salvation Army store in Delta, a new and improved store has opened at a new location.

“We had so many people call when we closed,” said Claudia Jackson, director of public relations for the new Salvation Army Red Shield Thrift Store. “There was nothing left to even sell. It went to the ground. There wasn’t even a fixture you could pull out of there. It was gone.”

The new store, which is being leased by The Salvation Army at 302 Meeker St., is 500 square feet larger than the old one. It is also arranged differently.

“We worked hard to get it open to serve our clients there,” she said. “It is now set up like a boutique.”

The old store was one big room and looked like a regular store. The new one, Jackson said, has areas that carry distinct themes. One area is set up like a kitchen, another area for men is more masculine, while other sections have toys for children or knickknacks for everyone.

“The store is loaded, and I mean just loaded,” she said.

Jackson said the store’s employees “are so excited to be back to see their regular customers and regular shoppers. They were just tickled to death on Monday (when the store reopened).”

The store is now accepting donations around the back of the building, Jackson said.


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