MIAMI (CBS4) – A new store with a familiar name is making a comeback after a four month remodel and it’s doing more than just saving money, it is saving lives.
The spruced up Salvation Army store on Bird Road in Miami has men’s clothes, from dress shirts to t-shirts, women’s wear, from pant suits to sportswear, and all kinds of shoes.
“It gives a great bargain. We offer good values. We do not have cheap stuff. We have really good values,” said Christopher Wallace, Store Manager of the Salvation Army.
The values extend from house wares to furniture.
“We have people in our warehouses that restore furniture both the upholstery and the wood work,” said Wallace to CBS4’s Jorge Estevez.
And while the 10,000 square foot store is great way to cut corners, it also saves lives.
“All the money from our family stores in Miami go to Fund the rehabilitation center of guys who are on drugs and alcohol,” said Captain Jay Ward who heads the Miami Dade Chapter of the Salvation Army.
Wallace is not only the store manager; he is also a former Salvation Army client.
“The Salvation Army has given me three things: love, freedom, and a purpose,” said Wallace.
A former addict, he is sharing his newly found purpose with others who will shop at the store looking for more than bargains, but a chance to save a soul.
“When they want to donate stuff that is pretty dear to them, they know it is going to a place that is going to affect lives,” said Wallace.
The Salvation Army Store opens for business this Saturday at 9 a.m. All donations are tax deductable.