East side Salvation Army thrift store to close

East side Salvation Army thrift store to close

The Salvation Army thrift store on Madison’s east side will be closing its doors next year.

The store on East Washington Avenue has been open for the last five years, but officials said it never made money for the organization.

Sales specifically benefit the Milwaukee Adult Rehabilitation Center, where there are 100 beds available for low-income men to get inpatient rehabilitation for drug and alcohol addiction. But leadership of the ARC say the Madison store never made any money to benefit the center, and was consistently in the red.

“With the landlord not wanting to reduce the rent for the next five years, it was going to be even more costly and we just couldn’t afford that,” said Capt. Gerhard Scheler, who administers the ARC programs.

Dane County Salvation Army leaders said they’re disappointed the announcement comes during the height of red kettle season to benefit Salvation Army operations.

The store will close on Feb. 6, and the 10 employees who work there will lose their jobs.

Scheler said they have been working since February to try to find an alternate location, but have been unable to find one that works. He said they are still looking, and are hopeful they could find a facility to have a presence in the Madison area in the future.

“If there are any landlords out there that have a heart for the Salvation Army they might show us a space of about 15,000 square feet at $10 a square foot we would be most appreciative so we could find an alternate location for this store as soon as possible,” Scheler said.