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The Salvation Army’s Newton thrift store sits in an old “A” Street building with myriad repair needs and cramped parking.
By the middle of this month, the store will solve those challenges by moving to the site of a former automobile dealership in Conover.
The Army’s family store will relocate to 201 1st St. E., site of the former Village Motors.
“Our family store is in an older building in poor state in Newton, and the parking is so limited,” said Salvation Army Capt. Mike Harris, who has helped lead the aid agency’s county branch about two years. “It wasn’t that we wanted to move out of Newton into Conover, it’s just that we found a great opportunity in Conover. We’re going from a place where parking is so limited to a place with exceptional parking. We’ll also have a separate area at the back for our donors.”
To read more of this story, pick up the Wednesday edition of Catawba County's community newspaper, The Observer News Enterprise, at newsstands throughout the county.