The Salvation Army Family Thrift Store on Derr Road in Springfield will be closing October 27, 2018. BILL LACKEY/STAFF

Salvation Army to close Derr Road store in Springfield

One of the Salvation Army’s Springfield stores is slated to close.

The Salvation Army Family Thrift Store on Derr Road will close for good on Oct. 27, the organization announced today. The Salvation Army operated the store for around five years, according to a press release about the closure.

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“The decision to close the store was not made lightly,” Major Patricia Kurtz, who oversees the thrift store said in a prepared statement. “But, after much review, it seems to be the most responsible choice.”

The Salvation Army regularly reviews the financial performance of its stores, services and certain offerings are discontinued when “absolutely necessary,” according to the organization. The Salvation Army closed an Urbana thrift store back in 2014, the News-Sun reported at the time.

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Although it is closing the thrift store, the Salvation Army will continue to provide assistance for financial hardship and a variety of other life issues through its Corps Community Center at 15 S. Plum Street. Other Salvation Army thrift stores in the region, including locations in Middletown, Piqua, Centerville, and Riverside, will remain open.

“Although the store, which has been administered by our Dayton-based recovery ministry, is closing, The Salvation Army is here for good, said Maj. Robert Watson, an officer at the organization’s Plum Street location.

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