Construction of a new Salvation Army thrift store in North Augusta is underway down the street from the existing center on Knox Avenue.
The 10,000-square-foot building under construction at 1747 Knox Ave. is nearly double the size of the current store, which has been open for about eight years, said Maj. Tony Perez, the Salvation Army’s Augusta area commander.
“We just feel like it was the right timing to find a new location, a larger footprint that we could be able to increase our sales, which would also be able to provide more services to the North Augusta and Augusta area,” Perez said.
Jordan Trotter Commercial Real Estate is investing about $1.3 million on the project and expects to finish work in December, said Dennis Trotter, a partner at the Augusta firm.
Perez said the Salvation Army has worked out an agreement with Jordan Trotter to lease the building for 10 years. Two employees will be hired and added to a staff of four, he said. The current store at 1803 Knox Ave. will close when the new facility is completed.
The new center, which will accept donation drop-offs. is part of the Salvation Army’s five-year plan to relocate all three existing stores in Augusta, North Augusta and Thomson and add one in Grovetown. A 25,000-square-foot thrift store opened Sept. 10 at 3360 Wrightsboro Road in Augusta, and the nonprofit is in discussion with the developer of a Horizon South Parkway site for a Columbia County store, Perez said.
“We’re looking at hopefully (breaking ground) the summer or fall of 2016,” he said.
Revenue generated from sales at Salvation Army thrift stores go toward several programs, including a soup kitchen, homeless shelters and a rehab center, and benefit emergency disaster services.