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The New Salvation Army Store

February 11th, 2011

I heard that the Salvation Army’s thrift shop completed the move from downtown to route 9 so I went to check it out.
The location is at 215 Worcester Rd. where Pier 1 used to be.  I’m guessing they’re working on it, but there are no signs on route 9 at the entrance to the parking lot or on the actual store front it self (which oddly faces away from the road).
Inside is clean an organized, much different from the old shop downtown.

I did think it was weird there seemed to be only one employee there.  He was helping someone find something and then would yell “I’ll be right there!” to someone waiting to check out at the register.  It happened a couple times while I was walking around.
When I first heard about SA’s store moving to route 9 I was disappointed that a tax exempt agency would be occupying valuable retail space on route 9 but the space has been vacant so long that something might as well be in there.  I guess it’s better than another church since we have so many churches that use former retail storefronts in town. At least here I might find something useful and it supports a good organization.


  1. my husband said that the downtown location is going to stay (not sure for how long) as just furniture. I wish them luck – agreed that it was about time something else move in.

    Comment by erinb February 11, 2011 @ 2:40 pm

  2. Does anyone know why the downtown location is still open?
    It was my understanding that the town was forcing them out.

    Comment by peter February 12, 2011 @ 2:04 pm

  3. Peter, My understanding was that the Town, as led by Giombetti, was trying to strike a handshake deal with the SA to relocate to rte. 9. I think it was a surprise to many that the SA agreed to move — perhaps brokered in some way by the Town — to a prime location on rte. 9, but then moved only its retail operation. The big idea for the Town was to get the SA away from downtown because it’s viewed as a detractor to business development there. Now we have the SA not paying taxes at two locations, and the Town is still left with its original problem.

    Comment by Matt February 12, 2011 @ 2:25 pm

  4. The service for those making donations is excellent; just drive up over the old fashioned gas station-like announcement tube, wait a second or three and someone comes out to help you. My first time, it was a nice surprise. I prefer to donate to not-for-profit organizations like SA and St. Vincent de Paul rather than a for profit organization like Savers, the portion they actually donate is very small.

    Comment by mcicir February 14, 2011 @ 2:41 am

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