Salvation Army

Reporting by WVUA 23 Reporter Jack Kane

The Salvation Army Thrift Store is planning on making another move, but not anytime soon.

The store has been moving all around on McFarland Boulevard, but now it is going to have a permanent location.

“About a year ago, we purchased some land up by McAlister’s and Dairy Queen on 82, just as you come through the intersection of Lurleen (Wallace Boulevard) North 69 on the hill on the right,” Ken Swindle, a member of the Salvation Army Tuscaloosa board, said.

With the land purchased, all the Salvation Army has to do now is begin the project.

“We’ve already gone through the process of having a store designed and we’ve got all of the architect plans up and ready to go,” Swindle said. “We’re just waiting on the approval of our headquarters and soon as they give us the go ahead we’re going to break ground and build us a new thrift store.”

The Salvation Army’s board in Tuscaloosa hopes construction can begin soon in order to open by the end of the year.

“I think it’s a great place for people to get clothes at an affordable price and we don’t have to drive across town to the other one,” Lindsay Cornelson, a Salvation Army customer, said. “It’s a little inconvenient for some people, especially (because) some people in our community walk.”

The Salvation Army uses the thrift store to help cover the costs of keeping their homeless shelter up and running. The new store will be over 12,000 square feet.

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