Salvation Army thrift stores are re-opening with strict cleaning protocols and new procedures for shoppers.
This week the international charitable organization announced it had opened 16 stores in B.C. over the past month, including a store in Port Coquitlam.
Recycling clothes and household items to raise funds for needed services has long been part of the Salvation Arm’s mission as it strives to reduce waste to landfills, provide a place for affordable clothing and household goods, and generate funds to support local programs and services.
During the first months of the COVID-19 pandemic, stores had to close. Now, with Phase 3 of B.C.’s restart plan in place, stores are opening with some changes, according to a press release.
“It’s important to note that much like other places you have visited recently, we have new policies and procedures in place; ensuring the safety of our hard-working staff and everyone who comes in.”
For example, there will be just a single point of entry and exit, limits on the number of people in the store at one time, wiping down of pin pads and trolleys after each use, and closing of all fitting rooms and washrooms to the public.
The Port Coquitlam store is located at 2275 Elgin Ave.
It is also accepting clothing and small household items, which are quarantined for two weeks before they are put on shelves for sale.
For more information on store hours, visit here.