Plattsburgh’s Salvation Army thrift shop is about to close

PLATTSBURGH — The Salvation Army Family Store at 75 Montcalm Ave. here will close its doors for good on July 27.

A press release Monday afternoon emphasized that the local chapter of the charitable group will continue to “serve the community with its social services and religious programs,” including operating a soup kitchen at its 4804 South Catherine St. site.

But citing declining traffic and sales, the release said the group is preparing to close the Family Store thrift shop and is no longer accepting donations of furniture, clothing or household goods.

“The Salvation Army regularly reviews the financial performance of its stores, services and programs to ensure maximum efficiency,” the release said. “The store was becoming a strain on the Army’s operational budget.”

The Press-Republican reported in 2016 that sales had declined harshly enough that year at the Montcalm shop that its operation was reduced to four days a week.

The Plattsburgh Salvation Army chapter has also reported declining fundraising numbers in recent years, with a noticeable drop in income from the group’s iconic Red Kettle Campaign.