Salvation Army thrift store in White City to close

The Salvation Army will close its White City thrift store at the end of April, and the future of the Phoenix store is in doubt.

The Medford store will remain open and its operating hours will expand, said Jackie Agee, the Salvation Army's local development director.

Agee said the stores have been losing money for some time, and the three stores together lose about $25,000 every three months. The stores were originally opened with the goal of earning money to support the organization's social programs, but keeping them open is taking away money that could be spent on community improvement projects.

Agee said Salvation Army officials will meet with the Phoenix store's landlord Friday, hoping to negotiate a rental agreement that will allow them to keep that store open.

— Bill Kettler

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