Salavtion Army Store Closing After 10 Years In Williamston

The Salvation Army in Williamson will close this weekend because the non-profit can't afford the rent anymore.

The thrift store is next to Belk on East Boulevard and sells donated household items, then uses profits to help homeless and struggling people get back on their feet with financial, housing, and job-training assistance.

Workers say the rent increase is significant, and Salvation Army couldn't afford it. Organizers say they looked around for another location in Williamson, but couldn't find anything in the price range they're paying now, so they're consolidating the store with the Washington location. Many shoppers say it's a disappointment.

"Another loss to Martin County in the way of having somewhere inexpensive to shop. As you know, the economy nowadays - when something like this happens, especially the Salvation Army, it's a big loss," said shopper Buck White.

The Salvation Army says donations should now be made to the Washington store. Centro Properties Group out of Charlotte leases the store to the Salvation Army, but says it doesn't comment
on landlord-tenant negotiations.


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  • by s.w. on Apr 21, 2011 at 09:53 PM
    I just closed my business from the same shopping center about a two months ago and I did 3 years there. I feel whast the shopping center is saying the rent was a good price when we moved there. I was the first location there after walmart moved and then the salvation army. I feel so bad that they have to move because the salvation army really bout life to the shopping center. I even made plenty of donation there to help when i had a clothing store. I wish it was somethng that could of been done because they done the same thing to me...the rent increased alot so I movedback down town. i loved to see the people of the community pull together and make generous donations. This is sad. before roses they had us the ones who tried to pull up the shopping center now that roses is here they kick the ones who had faith in them down....
  • by Baker Location: Williamston on Apr 18, 2011 at 07:37 AM
    Martin County still has the "Bargain Shop" across from Martin Supply. It has low cost items, can take the same donations that the Salvation Army did and the profit goes to a good cause. It helps to fund the county's "meals on wheels" program. Shop for your bargains there, the money all stays in the county and benefits senior citizens and shut ins. Chris, you should be ashamed of yourself, accusing honest business people of kicking puppies and pushing seniors down stairs!?! What are you thinking? Baykha!!
  • by ThinkingAhead Location: Williamston on Apr 18, 2011 at 03:23 AM
    With the new Roses starting up in the same complex, I bet they are counting on filling up all the rest of the little vacant stores there. Rent is probably going up for everyone, on the hopes that Roses will bring in tons of extra cash and incentive to shop in that area. Of course, Roses has gone out of business before....
  • by mom Location: nc on Apr 16, 2011 at 09:57 AM
    It seems to me that the owner of the building would see that it(the rent increase) is a problem. I think it's pathetic That the rent was raised so high that it couldn't be paid.Seems to me that the owner would lower the rent...money isn't everything...
  • by KT Location: Martin County on Apr 15, 2011 at 05:56 AM
    There are alot of needs for this store and I'd be totally ashame to be the store owner who raised the rent which causes a store like this to close. Where is your heart? Where are the good deeds in the world today? It's all about money instead of helping others. Hope the store owner can sleep at night knowing there are those in need who may not be able to travel out of town to another store. Remember: WHAT GOES AROUND COMES AROUND!!!
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      by Frank Black on Apr 15, 2011 at 11:07 PM in reply to KT
      Where is your heart....you should pay the rent. Don't complain that it hurts...giving when it does not hurt a little is easy...come on, give till it hurts, then it is real giving. until you do that, lay off the landlord and close the pie hole.
  • by JPH Location: Williamston on Apr 15, 2011 at 05:38 AM
    OK, Mr Landlord, you had rather have NO RENT than some rent. I don't think I understand! Could you please explain it to us so we can see and appreciate your thinking on this business manner. Thanks, and we are waiting on your response.
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      by Intro to Business on Apr 15, 2011 at 10:58 PM in reply to JPH
      That is why you are not in business I guess, you would sell your product too cheaply or rent your property to cheaply to make a profit, therefore going bankrupt. You just don't understand business is your problem. Some rent from the Salvation Army or the whole rental value of the property from someone else....hhhmmm... duh, RENTING!! to somebody else! Profit is not a dirty word in a free market society, it is in the mind of a socialist.
  • by carolyn Location: williamston on Apr 15, 2011 at 04:03 AM
    It really stinks that the property owner is so money hungry to chase off the salvation army, but on the other hand there are alot of downtown sotres open, martin county need to help in finding a store for them. see the problem is martin county doesnt make any money off of the salavation army, & the commisioners want their hand in the pot, so they decided to keep the trift sotre downtown which aids in helping the elderly, but what people dont realize is their hand is in that pot. not all that money is going to the elderly, people wake up & find out where your hard earned money is really going,we have some fat pocket people walking around here all high & mighty, see martin county isnt a rich town (the people)the salvation army is needed here,
  • by gntcpw Location: Fountain on Apr 15, 2011 at 02:51 AM
    How can the landlord sleep at night knowing that they raised the rent for an organization such as the Salvation Army? That is so wrong in so many ways.
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      by Frank Black on Apr 15, 2011 at 11:05 PM in reply to gntcpw
      Volunteer to pay the rent difference. Give of yourself lady!
  • by MIKE Location: HAMILTON on Apr 14, 2011 at 08:43 PM
    GREEDY MONEY HUNGRY LANDLORDS SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF THEIR SELF JACKING THE RENT UP ON THE SALVATION ARMY!THEY GOT ROSES COMING OUT THERE IN THE SHOPPING CENTER SO THEY THINK THEY CAN BE GREEDY!
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      by Frank Black on Apr 16, 2011 at 09:31 PM in reply to MIKE
      Go to work and tell your boss you want to work for less money because you are not greedy. Ask for an immediate pay cut.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 14, 2011 at 08:21 PM
    I hate it for the good people that need this store. The local community needs to step up now. Times are lean and people need help.
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