Salvation Army Closes

(Updated 4:03 p.m.) A month after Salvation Army announced the closure of its George Street rehab facility, it has closed its thrift store nearby on Crown Street, without notice.

The Salvation Army store, at 274 Crown St., was closed and cleared out recently. A Tuesday visit found the 9,360-square-foot space entirely vacated.

The store’s closure comes just weeks after the evangelical Christian charitable organization announced it was shutting down its adult rehab center at 301 George St. Salvation Army spokespeople said at the time that the organization had no plans to close the store.

Salvation Army spokesman Tim Raines said Tuesday that the organization decided to close the store to make it easier to sell 274 Crown St. and 301 George St. together. “It became obvious that it was best to sell that property as one continuous unit.”

Raines said the Crown and George street properties are now on the market. He said Salvation Army is “aggressively” looking for another location to open a thrift store in New Haven.

“We understand that there are people who in some ways depend on being able to purchase lower-cost clothing” at Salvation Army stores, Raines said.

The Crown street thrift store had become an anomaly on a block that continues to see gentrification, including the $50-million luxury apartment building going up at the corner of College and Crown. A developer recently won approval to convert a dilapidated parking garage next to the thrift store, at the corner of Crown and High, into 24 modern market-rate apartments.

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posted by: TheMadcap on June 24, 2014  3:50pm

Oh c’mon, why the no notice. I would’ve went and bought a bunch of things if I knew they were closing.

Also, I’ll take on the role of 3/5 for a moment. Behold the gentrification vampire. Congrats to the poor people around urban core, if you want cheap clothes you’re now having to head up to the Salvation Army/Goodwill in Hamden or the Wal-Mart on Foxon. Let’s see how long those last few non upscale stores on Chapel st a few blocks away hold out for.

posted by: robn on June 24, 2014  4:09pm

Eeegads! Where will hipsters buy clothing!?

posted by: THREEFIFTHS on June 24, 2014  4:34pm

posted by: TheMadcap on June 24, 2014 3:50pm

Also, I’ll take on the role of 3/5 for a moment. Behold the gentrification vampire

They must have got the plan from New York.Check this out.

Bowery Salvation Army to become new Ace Hotel
By Jennifer Gould Keil March 4, 2014 | 4:41pm

.Even the homeless are getting priced out of Manhattan.
The Salvation Army Chinatown Shelter has sold out for $30 million and is moving to Brooklyn. In its place will be a hip Ace Hotel and a luxury boutique condo complex.

In New York, the Bowery goes from down and out to upmarket and in

Like I keep saying Keep Sleeping.

My bad.This is what will be next for all the stores near downtown New haven and the green.You rents will be going up like this and you will all be moving.

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posted by: Eva G on June 24, 2014  4:56pm

Robn, I take your point, but as someone who’s been shopping at this Salvation Army since I grew up on York Street—I bought all my Monkees records there in 1975 or so, when I was 5—this is a really serious hit for me. Truly, half of my clothes come from this store. I am BUMMED.

posted by: Bradley on June 25, 2014  6:48am

As TheMadCap and EvaG note, the store’s closure is a real loss for poor (and some non-poor) people. But the writing was on the wall even before 3/5ths began posting about gentrification. Still, the city should work with realtors and property owners to find a new home for the store - I can think of a couple of plausible sites on Grand Ave. and I suspect there are other options.

posted by: robn on June 25, 2014  9:30am

The Salvation Army has a mission to serve the poor, not to serve the poor downtown. Their annual budget is only about $10M which is remarkably low considering that they manage 1200 stores around the country. Almost half of their budget comes from charitable donations and only 15% from sales at stores.
Selling downtown prime real estate and renting cheap to support their mission makes sense for their mission.(Dixwell, Whalley and Boulevard all come to mind and are all a 20 minute walk from the current location).

posted by: RhyminTyman on June 25, 2014  12:47pm

Robn is right other than serving hipsters and Yale student, being at that location didn’t make sense. They can better serve the poor not being located next to luxury apartments and an Ivy League university.