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June 16, 2010

Salvation Army to reopen Kraft Street store after extensive flood clean-up

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Written by: Samantha J. Kanatzar
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The Salvation Army Thrift Store will be moving back to the Kraft Street store now that flood damages have been repaired.

The Salvation Army will be reopening the thrift store at 210 Kraft Street by the end of this week officials said. “We are preparing to set up all our fixtures and shelves; following an inspection we will be allowed to move all our items back.” said Erica Mead, Clarksville Salvation Army store manager.

After the flooding of the Cumberland River in May the thrift store was filled with water, not unlike many businesses in the area.

A warehouse on Cumberland Drive acts as the temporary Salvation Army while flood repairs could be made on Kraft Street.

“Nothing was salvageable,” said Mead. “All of the donations that had been made in the past were worthless.” Luckily, the Salvation Army’s mission “to meet human needs without discrimination” prevailed and the store decided to rent out a temporary location in order to serve those devastated by the flood. The location, a warehouse that doesn’t even have air conditioning, has served as the make-shift thrift store on Cumberland Drive since May 6.

Setting up shop in an unfamiliar location has not prevented the store from collecting donations and distributing items to those in need; items are stacked two-stories high throughout the building. “All of our donations are being housed here in the warehouse and are ready to be moved over as soon as the store is ready.” said Mead.

If all goes well, Clarksville will once again have a functional Salvation Army Thrift Store by Friday.

Photos by Samantha Kanatzar

About the Author

Samantha J. Kanatzar
Samantha is currently an intern at Business Clarksville Magazine; she will graduate in 2010 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Print Journalism and Political Science. Samantha is a proud Army wife and enjoys politics, reading and traveling.



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