This Friday October 27th The Salvation Army Thrift Store celebrates over 40 years of serving generations of New Westminster locals, and 10 years at the historic B.C. Electric Railway Building at 774 Historic Columbia Street.
Known as one of the most impactful historic landmarks in New Westminster, the Electric Railway Building under the leadership of the Thrift Store and in partnership with the City was deemed an official municipal heritage site in 2007. Built in 1911 by local architect Samuel Maclure the station was instrumental to the development of the city as a transportation hub.
Now, the signature red bricked building acts as a hub for the community continuing the service of the Thrift Store in New Westminster. “Our New West location has been important to our presence in not only the city, but in the province” says Maytte Abad, Retail District Manager at The Salvation Army Thrift Store.
“Our New West location is our largest and one of our most successful in BC for years.” Abad added. “We are extremely honoured to have served this tight-knit community for over 40 years and to have played a part in the growth, development and preservation of the history of the city.”
In almost 10 years the Thrift Store has contributed almost $40,000 towards sending children to summer camps, assisting children overseas and providing support to families and individuals in need. For families and individuals who have needed additional support the Thrift Store has also provided over $400,000 of items free of cost through their voucher program.
The Thrift Store is inviting the community to share in the festivities this Friday with a special in-store celebration. “We want to thank the community for their support for the last 40 years, so we encourage everyone to stop by and join us for giveaways, a great sale and refreshments!” said Abad.
“The team is very excited about the anniversary, and are looking forward to celebrating another 10 great years at this location,” adds Chippy Singh, Salvation Army Thrift Store Manager.
Store hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. - 9 p.m, and on Saturdays 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. The store is closed on Sunday. The Donor Welcome Centre is open Monday through Friday 9 a.m. – 8:30 p.m., Saturdays 9 a.m. – 8:30 p.m. and Sundays 10:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.