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Newly expanded Salvation Army store in Cape reopens

By Staff | Aug 30, 2016

The Salvation Army’s thrift store in Cape Coral recently went through a massive expansion.

Located at 4506 Del Prado Blvd., S., the Cape Coral Family Thrift Store reopened to the public Aug. 20 following a project that about tripled the store’s space. A grand re-opening is planned for the fall.

“We’re at around 24,000 square feet,” Kara Jeudy, the director of development with The Salvation Army of Lee, Hendry and Glades, said on Tuesday. “We were at around 8,000 square feet.”

She added that they expanded into the space next door, which once housed a furniture store.

“This allows us to sell more of what is donated to benefit our programs,” Jeudy said.

With the expansion, the store has been able to improve upon its furniture layout.

“It has a bit of a Rooms To Go feel,” she said, noting that items are set up for visualization.

“We’ve tried to maximize the space,” Jeudy added.

There are beds, couches and entertainment centers, to accent pieces like tables and chairs. The store also features household goods, flatware and silverware, children’s furniture, lamps, lighting and more.

“It pretty much runs the gamut,” she said.

The store’s volume of clothing has also jumped due to the expansion.

“We’ve drastically increased the amount of clothing we have available for purchase,” Jeudy said.

Adult and children’s clothing can be found, along with shoes and accessories.

“So, we have more for our patrons to choose from,” she said.

A new speciality area will feature gowns, suits and name-brand items.

“We have a boutique section now that has jewelry and a bit of higher-end items,” Jeudy said.

The store continues to carry toys, books, wall hangings, paintings and such.

“We’ve tried to remake the shopping experience to provide a new exciting experience,” she said. “If you walked into the old space, it was visibly cramped. We were trying to do a lot with a little space.”

With the expansion, the store also initiated a new frequent shopper program.

“After so many punches, you get an extra percentage off of your next purchase,” Jeudy said.

“So, we’ve got a lot that’s coming along with this expansion,” she added.

Proceeds from the store benefit The Salvation Army’s Crossroads program for men.

“Our family stores, in particular, exist as a means of funding our addiction recovery program,” Jeudy said. “You’re helping the men in our recovery program to really regain their lives.”

Crossroads offers residential housing, in addition to work, group and individual therapy.

“We’re just really excited and really hopeful for what this means,” she added of the recent Cape expansion. “We’re kind of hoping all three of our stores can move in this direction.”

For additional information, visit www.salvationarmy-florida.org/fortmyers/.