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.