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.
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.
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.