“This is not something that was done in haste,” Rodgers said. “We’ve been talking about this with division headquarters for about two years now. The fact is, the economy hit us, too. The purpose of the thrift store is to make money to assist the service center, and if it’s not making money, it can’t do that.”
“What happened,” she said, “is that we won’t be able to provide services in Talladega at this time, simply because we can’t.”
The closest Salvation Army shelter to Talladega is Anniston. The closest Salvation Army Thrift Store is in Alexander City, Rodgers said.
The Talladega thrift store opened in the mid-1990s. Rodgers said she has been here since 1998.
“And I believe the service center in Talladega goes back even further than the thrift shop,” she said.
The Talladega location employs three people. “The employees are younger people, and they’re going to be out of a job,” she said. “Still, we ended up staying open for longer than we expected to at first, and we may be able to regroup at some point in the future.”
Rodgers lives in Sylacauga and said she plans to stay there. “But first I’m going to be taking a little vacation. It has been a very enjoyable 18 years.”
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