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Effort continues to keep Canandaigua thrift store open

CANANDAIGUA — Nearly all of Patty Hayes’ wardrobe has come from the Salvation Army Family Store and Donation Center.

The clothing is affordable, she said, and she’s relied on the store for other purposes. She’s bought items such as scarves and hats that were in turn donated by her church.

So, yes, she said, it’s unfortunate the store is closing and she and others will miss it.

“We’re going to suffer,” Hayes said.

The thrift store on Main Street appears to be on its way out, despite a petition circulating online urging the Salvation Army to reconsider its decision.

The Salvation Army’s presence will continue to be felt in the immediate Canandaigua area, according to Lt. Darlene Clark, who oversees the thrift store and the organization’s adult rehabilitation center in Rochester.

Earlier this month, the community learned the store will be closing at the end of the month. The decision to close was not made lightly, Clark said.

The first priority of the store is to raise funds to continue offering free rehabilitation programs to people in need, but “current circumstances” have made supporting these programs through the store impossible, Clark said.

The decision to close was a responsible one, as the financial performance of stores is reviewed regularly and available offerings are discontinued only when necessary, Clark added.

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