The Toronto Bloor Salvation Army Thrift Store shows that a small location can have big results, winning the top spot nationally as ‘The Salvation Army Thrift Store of the Year 2016 - 2017’.
The 5,000 square foot location at 1219 Bloor Street West in Toronto has been recognized for the first time as the number one store among 109 Thrift Stores nationwide in the Salvation Army National Recycling Operations (NRO) annual program. One of the smallest Salvation Army Thrift Store locations in Canada, Toronto Bloor, has shown that team work goes a long way in making it to the top.
“Our success is really all about hard work and commitment,” says Kalpita Thakore, Toronto Bloor Thrift Store Manager. “This really has been a long journey which wouldn’t be possible without the dedication and commitment of each member of the team. It has been a joy and pleasure working with them.”
According to Thakore her 20 member team, which mainly comprises of local students, are dedicated in providing excellent guest service to the local community. Toronto Bloor has been an active member of this community for over 15 years with Thakore at the helm as manager for almost two years.
“Store of the Year is a great accomplishment for the Toronto Bloor team,” says Maria Guayacan, Salvation Army Thrift Store Retail District Manager for Toronto Centre. “It shows Kalpita’s excellent leadership skills and strong work ethic of the team. For a smaller store they have a number of unique challenges, but they work hard to serve their guests and community with a commitment that is admirable.”
Michele Walker, Salvation Army Thrift Store National Retail Operations Manager notes that winning the Store of the Year title shows that Toronto Bloor has delivered on improving results across the board. “Toronto Bloor represents that success is possible no matter the size and circumstances. They are ingrained in their community, and we know this is a victory not only the team, but to everyone in the Bloor West area that supports them,” she said.
In addition to the National Store of the Year winner Toronto Bloor, 15 other stores were recognized for excellence nationally from their districts along with two ‘wildcard’ stores.