Donnie Tabor, left, and George Groeneveld were busy building shelves Friday afternoon at the new location of the Mission Thrift Store which is now located in the former Trail Appliance building on Bremner Ave. in Red Deer. (Photo by Jeff Stokoe/Advocate staff)

Red Deer thrift store leaves downtown for bigger space

Generous donations lead to need for bigger sorting space

A Red Deer thrift store is relocating for all the right reasons in challenging economic times — they need more room.

Bob Riley, general manger of the Bibles for Missions Thrift Store, now called the Mission Thrift Store, said Friday that they outgrew the downtown location at 4936 – 53 Ave. some time ago because of the generous donations they receive.

They plan to re-open at 2823 Bremner Avenue on April 20, and have a grand opening on May 6. On Friday, volunteers were busy helping with the relocation. The downtown store closed on Thursday.

Riley said the front of their downtown was probably big enough but they just ran out of sorting space in the back of the store. The Bremner Avenue location has is 18,000 sq. feet. The downtown location was 12,000 sq. ft.

The biggest issue they have is the wealth of donations, and in order to meet the demand, they just needed a larger storage, sorting and receiving area, he said.

“Of course having more floor space, we can always fill it up. There’s no doubt about that.”

They have been receiving donations for about two weeks now at the new location and “we are overwhelmed,” an appreciative Riley said.

Their board did consider expanding the building downtown, but ultimately it made the most sense economic sense to relocate to the new building.

Riley said they recognize they may lose some clients but a survey they did earlier in the year showed that most customers come by vehicle or bus. Only a very small percentage came on foot.

“We loved our location (downtown),” but at the end of the day they weren’t able to expand their operation there, he said.

Besides selling donated used household items and clothing to the public, the store also offers a voucher program, working with other helping agencies in Red Deer to assist people in need.

The store raises funds that go towards the purchase of Bibles in the Ukraine. There are over 48 Bibles for Missions thrift stores in Canada. The Red Deer store was the first one to open in Alberta years ago.

Just Posted

Doctor first in Red Deer to offer Mohs surgical suite for skin cancer

A local doctor says a skin cancer surgery newly offered locally will… Continue reading

Methamphetamine, THC found in half-million dollar seizure and Bowden Institution

Nearly half a million dollars worth of drugs and other contraband was… Continue reading

Community support needed to bring Canadian Finals Rodeo to Red Deer

Bid from Westerner Park and Red Deer & District Chamber of Commerce

Long-tenured former Blackfalds mayor recognized by Alberta Urban Municipalities Association

After 19 years serving on Blackfalds council, Melodie Stol was thrilled her… Continue reading

Preserving Innisfail pioneer home means Isabella Sinclair’s story will live on

House from 1890 will be moved next month to historical village

VIDEO: Red Deerians taste what the city has to offer

Red Deerians sampled some of the finest foods Central Alberta restaurants have… Continue reading

New columnist joining Advocate team

Market Gypsy starts on November 30

Volunteer with victim services in Red Deer

Learn more at info session on Nov. 27

Updated: Missing Sylvan Lake women found

Women were reported missing earlier this week

Liberals propose billions for affordable housing, including individual benefits

A Liberal government fond of promising help for those working hard to… Continue reading

Alberta Party sees growth in Central Alberta

Greg Clark addressed health care needs addressed in Red Deer

Ponoka council freezes Ponoka Fire Department spending

All discretionary spending frozen until full budget numbers are presented

WATCH: Ponoka’s Festival of Trees sees continued support

Three days of celebration and fundraising held at the Calnash Ag Event Centre

Most Read

Five-day delivery plus unlimited digital access for $185 for 260 issues (must live in delivery area to qualify) Unlimited Digital Access 99 cents for the first four weeks and then only $15 per month Five-day delivery plus unlimited digital access for $15 a month