The Salvation Army’s new Family Store, located in the former Oak Express Furniture Store at 444 Boardman-Canfield Road, opened its doors Friday.
The grand opening of the store, which has 12,000 square feet of shopping area, continues today. Store hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
The Salvation Army’s newest area store, designed to improve the shopping experience for its customers, offers bargain-priced clothing, household items, electronics, books, toys, furniture and collectibles.
“Budget-conscious shoppers will also appreciate the store’s even deeper ‘family day’ discounts on Wednesdays,” said Salvation Army Capt. Bayode Agbaje, administrator of the organization’s Adult Rehabilitation Center in Akron.
Families in need may receive vouchers for free furniture or clothing from the store through other Salvation Army programs.
“Our new Family Store offers more selection and more bargains that appeal to everyone in order to provide our customers with a better shopping experience and support our social-services work,” Agbaje added.
Proceeds from sales at the Boardman store and other Salvation Army family and thrift stores in Warren, Canton, Copley and Akron, are the sole support of ARC, a 60-bed facility that provides shelter, food, programming and Bible studies for men struggling with alcohol, drugs and other life issues. It is a free six-month program, Agbaje said.
Today at the store, there are promotional prizes, free coffee and doughnuts, hot dogs and soft drinks. Also, a new flat-screen television will be given to a lucky shopper, he said.
The new store also helps the local economy by hiring area residents to fill its 15 full- and part-time jobs.
“We really look forward to contributing to the community at all levels,” Agbaje said.
On-the-spot, tax-deductible receipts will be provided for any donations received during store hours. After-hours clothing donations can be dropped in the bins in the parking lot. For information, call 330-773-3331 or visit www.salvationarmy-usa.org.