Salvation Army loss $25K; sale at thrift store planned
The Salvation Army’s newest Family Thrift Store is trying to reduce its losses from water damage Wednesday by holding a parking lot sale Saturday and next week.
Clothing, art and electronics equipment in the store were damaged when the adjoining Starizona, a telescope store, caught fire which triggered that store’s sprinklers.
The Salvation Army’s sprinklers didn’t come on, but water from the store next door came in under the walls, store manager Wes White said. “We had about 6 to 8 inches of water in our store.”
The sale of undamaged items will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the north side of the building, at 5757 N. Oracle Road, until the store reopens, maybe Friday, White said.
Workers “got as much stuff out of the store as they could to keep sales moving,” said Tamara McElwee, public relations director for The Salvation Army Tucson Metropolitan Administration.
Repair costs are estimated at more than $25,000, most of which should be covered by insurance. But the store could lose more than $10,000 in sales while it is cleaned and restocked, McElwee said.
“The store already was struggling with weak donations,” she said. “So much work has gone into trying to build a successful new store – and now this. It’s a definite setback in already trying times for The Salvation Army Thrift Stores.”
McElwee said the Oracle store “really served a part of the community that was not served before.”
As the value of people’s investments dips, she said, there has been a increase in store traffic, coupled by a decline in donations.
“This is absolutely the time for people who can to dig deeper into their pockets,” she said.
Donations of clothing, furniture and other items are being accepted at The Salvation Army Boutique at 6715 E. Tanque Verde Road and the main store at 2717 S. Sixth Ave.
Those wishing to have donations picked up may call 800-SA-TRUCK, (800-728-7825) or visit www.satruck.org.