The Salvation Army Family Store & Donation Center is Jane McCarthy’s favorite store in all of Canandaigua.
So when she learned the South Main Street store is closing by the end of the month, she said she was angry. She said she furnished a large part of her home with items bought at the store, and many of her clothes and art supplies also were purchased here.
“This is a staple in this town,” McCarthy said. “It’s wonderful.”
Store personnel referred all questions about why the store is closing and what will happen to the employees to Lt. Darlene Clark, who works in Rochester. Her voice message said she would not be available until next week.
Several shoppers, however, are banding together and signing a petition and writing letters to urge that the decision to close be reconsidered.
Canandaigua Mayor Ellen Polimeni said the store always seemed busy to her and she only learned of its impending closing this week.
“First I was shocked,” Polimeni said. “Then it made me very sad.”
Liadan Hicks of Bristol said shoppers have successfully kept another Salvation Army thrift store in the area from closing and is hopeful it will prove effective again. That said, she noted the 50 percent sale and the number of shoppers looking for deals in the store.