There’s some good news for Bronx bargain-hunters.
In a grand opening ribbon-cutting ceremony on Thursday, July 8, The Salvation Army opened a brand new thrift shop at 2441A Boston Road, near Cruger Avenue.
In a tough economy, a giant new bargain outlet for affordable clothing, shoes, and other items is crucial, and people are excited.
“When I heard about the new thrift store, I felt like Carrie Bradshaw [from HBO’s ‘Sex and the City’] hearing about an exclusive sale,” said Wendy Diamond, a Manhattan author who has written books on cooking and pets, and appeared on television a number of times.
“For shoppers like me, who love to be unique with my own personalized look, this is the place to be.”
Major David Wilson, administrator for The Salvation Army in the Bronx, the new store is 11,000 square feet, which is “on the larger side” for thrift stores all over the U.S. It marks the fifth Salvation Army store location in the borough and matches the Jerome Avenue store as the largest. But there are also a number of unique, exciting features about the new store.
“What’s really nice is that this one actually has parking,” said Wilson. “That’s very rare for New York City, that was hard to put in.”
In addition to the clothing, shoes, household items, and outdoor gear that most thrift stores has, the new Boston Road location also has a lot of furniture.
“So many thrift stores don’t have furniture anymore, because they just don’t have room,” said Wilson. “But we have the room for it.”
Wilson also pointed to children’s section as a big pull, which he called, “really huge,” continuing that “We see so many kids around there, so we made sure the children’s department was really nice. It makes this a family store, a place for families to go together.”
The Salvation Army also just recently remodeled the Jerome Avenue shop, outfitting it with air-conditioning and windows that open, both of which it did not have.
“People just wouldn’t shop there before, it was too hot. You gotta have AC in a store in the summer.”
The new store, of course, does have air-conditioning, windows that open, and ample parking. It’s open six days a week, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., closed on Sundays, naturally.
Wilson declared to excited shoppers at the opening: “We really believe this location is a boon for everyone in the area.”
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