After a few months of remodeling while still doing business, The Salvation Army Family Store in Jackson announced its grand-opening dates in April for the updated store.
Salvation Army Capt. Ronnie Amick on Monday said the finished product will feature a new store layout, a fresh coat of interior paint, new management and pricing scale and more products, among a few other face-lifts.
The remodel began about three or four months ago to keep the establishment clean and more organized, easier to navigate and more customer friendly, Amick said. The store did not close during the remodel.
"They're maxing out every square foot of that building," said Tina Rodgers, case worker at the Salvation Army in Cape Girardeau.
The profits from the thrift store benefit Cape Girardeau County, Amick said, and the store has been cutting it close as far as money goes.
"It's been pretty close to not making its budget, so we had to make some changes here and there," he said.
If the store is not making its budget, less money is being pumped back into the community, Amick said.
Services the Salvation Army offers, such as rent and utility assistance and vouchers for emergency situations, are funded with help from what money the family store in Jackson is able to generate, Rodgers said.
Aside from the noticeable changes generating more customers, she said, more items may be purchased at the updated store, as well.
Instead of having groups of items listed under one price, each item now will be priced individually, which Rogers believes will make customers more apt to buy an item because they won't need to ask how much it costs.
The new pricing scale also will allow the store to charge a higher price for individual items that are worth more money, and "that just helps us out that much more," she said.
It will take some time for customers to get used to the different pricing scale and layout, but Amick said the changes should bring more money into the business.
The grand-opening will initiate new store hours, beginning at 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. on April 11 and 12 at 1969 E. Jackson Blvd. in Jackson. The event will have a bake sale, hot dogs and chips.
1969 E. Jackson Blvd., Jackson, Mo.