This is not a quick decision, according to Corp Officer Tim Grider. The decision to close came back in March after looking at a five year study of the store, and seeing the finances. The rent alone is $5,000 a month, and Grider said they were losing between $40,000 and $60,000 a year on the store. Grider says that money can be now refocused on other aspects of the Salvation Army, such as their shelters, and gives them a chance to partner with other existing thrift stores in Lubbock.
Grider said the store had 6 employees and all have either found other jobs or are retiring. The last day the store will be open is September 21st. They are no longer picking up donations. Grider said anything left in the store after the 21st will be sent to other stores in the area.
For more information about the Salvation Army, you can visit their website or their Facebook page.