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Organization opens doors to new Community Thrift Store for Southwest Florida

By Staff | Jun 22, 2011

Community Thrift Store staff members and volunteers attended a ribbon cutting for the store. Pictured from is Jim Hannan, Inga Bredahl, Jean Hannan, Teri Kollath, Debbie Zeis, Dawn Boren, Dianne Morton, Jean Webber, Sheila Sklar and Al Parks.

Shell Point Retirement Community, a non-profit organization dedicated to serving seniors in Southwest Florida, will soon have a new venture when the doors open to Community Thrift Store in South Fort Myers.

The Grand Opening Weekend will take place on Thursday, July 7 through Saturday, July 9 at the new store located at 15501-3 Old McGregor Road, next to Planet Fitness in Miner’s Plaza (the old Kiwanis Thrift Store location) on the corner of McGregor Boulevard and Gladiolus Drive.

Individuals looking for a good bargain will have the opportunity to donate and shop at the area’s newest thrift store during the hours of operation; Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Plus, all shoppers will receive 25 percent off all purchases during the first three days of operation.

The store will be overseen by seasoned thrift store professional Debbie Zeis, Community Thrift Store manager, and approximately 100 volunteers.

“As a not-for-profit, we are very excited to be stepping into this new area of business to support our mission and ministry and are looking forward to forming new and strong bonds with the surrounding community,” said Dawn Boren, director of resident life at Shell Point. “At Shell Point, residents are very happy to have this new option for donating excess items that can be used to benefit others.”

The store will carry a wide array of items for all shoppers, including furniture, home décor, household goods, CDs, books, games, adult and children’s clothing, jewelry, and more. Plus, this store will also offer items that are not typically found in resell stores such as building supplies, construction materials, appliances, and fixtures.

When an individual or an organization donates items to the store, they will receive a tax deductible receipt. Proceeds from the store will be used to help provide necessary services to meet the needs of seniors in our area.

Shell Point Retirement Community has served seniors in Southwest Florida since 1968 as a not-for-profit continuing care retirement community that offers independent living, assisted living, skilled nursing, memory and Alzheimer’s care, and hospice care. To learn more about the Community Thrift Store, please contact Debbie Zeis at 239-225-6529.