After months of absence, the Rescue Mission re-opened a Fairmount donation center in December -- but the four-day grand opening sale beginning Thursday, Jan. 22 marks a new presence of the organization in the western suburbs.
The Rescue Mission opened its first Thrifty Shopper store in Fairmount earlier this week, and celebrates the store's grand opening with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 9 a.m. Thursday. The store is located about one mile from the previous donation center, at 4107 West Genesee St.
Paul LaDolce, Rescue Mission communications director, said the free-standing donation center that was located in the Wegman's plaza was closed several months ago when the parking lot was reconfigured.
"We've been getting calls, people asking 'when are you going to open a new Fairmount donation center?'" LaDolce said. He said he was surprised to hear from many individuals that there was a need for a donation center to re-open in the area. "I don't know why that was very popular I'm sure there's a lot of happy people out there, knowing our donation center is back."
The new donation center opened Dec. 22, and was the first donation center throughout the Syracuse area that is physically connected to a Thrifty Shopper store, LaDolce said.
The facility also boasts the updated design first implemented at the Liverpool location, LaDolce said. An emphasis on uniform signage is evident in the new design scheme of bold red signage and inspirational words painted on the walls, which will eventually be shared by all the stores.
The new design includes a large sign behind the cash register counter that explains how proceeds from the Thrifty Shopper stores benefits the Rescue Mission.
"It just gives customers an idea of where their money is going," Ed Bates, director of social enterprise, said. Many customers were not aware of the connection between the Rescue Mission and stores, Bates added.