Smithers Salvation Army Store closes after 21 years

Front window display of the Smithers Thrift Store
The local Salvation Army will be shutting down after 21 years. Photo courtesy of Salvation Army Thrift Store.
Pamela Haasen - CICK - SmithersBC | 26-07-2021

For 21 years, the Salvation Army Thrift Store has been a staple for clothes and house wares shopping for Smithereens looking to save money and help up-cycle items such as books, glassware or furniture.

The thrift store, which is currently located at 1065 Main St. in Smithers will be closing its doors indefinitely on July 31.

Lieutenant Rick Apperson and his wife Sarah run The Salvation Army Upper Skeena and Bulkley Valley Circuit. They talk about the decision for closure, options for families in need, and what this closure means for the community of Smithers and the staff who work at the Thrift Store.  

CICK News spoke with Rick from his home in Hazleton a week before the closure. He spoke about what the Salvation Army’s focus will be and what programs they’ll run in place of having a retail store helping families and individuals looking to save money on household items and clothing.

Listen below to CICK’s full interview with Lt. Rick Apperson: