Patrons of the Westminster Rescue Mission's Mission Store can look forward to a new layout and shopping experience starting Friday.
"It's like a brand new store," said store manager Kaye Pike. "We've changed it from a flea market-style store to more of a retail-style store. We never know what we're going to get, so people can come back every few days and they might find something new. It's like a treasure hunt. You'll find something you didn't even know you were looking for."
The Mission Store will host a grand re-opening from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Aug. 25 and Saturday, Aug. 26. The store is located at 658 Lucabaugh Mill Road in Westminster, where a ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place at 10 a.m. Friday.
Angela Phillips, director of development for the Westminster Rescue Mission, said the organization has been serving the Carroll County community since 1968. They offer a long-term, faith-based, addiction recovery program for men as well as a large food distribution program for people in need, in addition to their thrift store operation.
The ministry is supported in part by revenues generated through The Mission Store. The store provides opportunities for bargain shopping while at the same time giving the men in their Recovery Program the chance to learn skills and serve the public. Clients contribute to the operations in the areas of receiving and sorting donations, working with customers in the stores and pick-up and delivery of donations and purchases.
The Mission Store has been open on Main Street in Westminster since 2001, Phillips said. Another location, The Mission Barn, burned down in 2012. After rebuilding, the organization operated out of two stores until this summer.
Phillips said she hoped "people will come to take advantage of the pricing for back to school."
Donation manager Judi Nance said the staff is "really excited" to unveil the new store.
"We have great products at great prices and the remodeled the store will make the shopping experience even more pleasurable for the customers," Nance said.
Phillips said gently used items without stains, rips or tears can be donated at The Mission Store or at one of nine donation boxes throughout the county. The store's regular hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday.