PLATTSBURGH — The Salvation Army Family Store at 75 Montcalm Ave. here will close its doors for good on July 27.
A press release Monday afternoon emphasized that the local chapter of the charitable group will continue to “serve the community with its social services and religious programs,” including operating a soup kitchen at its 4804 South Catherine St. site.
But citing declining traffic and sales, the release said the group is preparing to close the Family Store thrift shop and is no longer accepting donations of furniture, clothing or household goods.
BECOMING A STRAIN
“The Salvation Army regularly reviews the financial performance of its stores, services and programs to ensure maximum efficiency,” the release said. “The store was becoming a strain on the Army’s operational budget.”
The Press-Republican reported in 2016 that sales had declined harshly enough that year at the Montcalm shop that its operation was reduced to four days a week.
The Plattsburgh Salvation Army chapter has also reported declining fundraising numbers in recent years, with a noticeable drop in income from the group’s iconic Red Kettle Campaign.
With its cheerful bell-ringers turning out at streetsides and storefronts each year around the holiday season for generations, the effort failed to reach its $80,000 goal during the 2017 and 2018 campaigns.
The Press-Republican reported last year that the 2017 Red Kettle campaign raised $43,000.
The group reported more hopeful results from the 2018 campaign: $74,000 of the $80,000 goal.
Still, the struggles of the kettle drive drove the group to organize its first-ever Fall Craft Show last October.
Volunteer and Public Relations Coordinator Diane Ross said of the event at the time that “the community embraced and made the 1st Annual Fall Craft Fair a welcome success.”
The Salvation Army’s Corps at 4804 South Catherine Street still offers a food pantry that can provide at least three days’ worth of food and a soup kitchen on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 11:30 a.m.
The public is invited to attend worship services on Sunday mornings starting at 11 a.m.
For more information about The Salvation Army’s Plattsburgh Corps, call (518) 561-2951.