The Salvation Army thrift store

Dee Hernandez with The Salvation Army thrift store arranges a display. The Salvation Army thrift store at 1501 S. Main St. will close July 31.

HIGH POINT — The Salvation Army of High Point announced Friday that it will close its thrift store July 31.

Agency leaders decided to close the High Point Family Store at 1501 S. Main St. primarily because of ongoing operating losses, said Capt. Lars-Otto Ljungholm, Corps Officer with The Salvation Army.

“Quite honestly, this predates (the coronavirus pandemic), and it’s been a struggle for many, many years. The store has been in the red for a very long time,” he said. “The expenses were just too high.”

The store is staffed by 10 Salvation Army employees — two full-time and eight part-time — and the closure means the elimination of those jobs.

“That’s the thing that’s been heavy on my heart the most — that we have to lay off all these people,” said Ljungholm. “The good thing is that there are openings at The Salvation Army thrift store in Greensboro. So a few of them will have an opportunity to transfer.”

The store, which opened in 2000, relies on donations of gently used clothing, furniture and other items. Revenue from sales supports Salvation Army programming.

The Salvation Army owns the 19,538-square-foot building that houses the store. Ljungholm said the agency plans to sell the property.

The store will stop taking donations July 23.

He thanked all of the donors, volunteers, employees and customers who have supported the store through the years, which he said enabled The Salvation Army to help thousands of local families in need.

The store will host a closing sale beginning Tuesday, with all merchandise offered at 50% off the marked price.

The Salvation Army will continue to operate all of its other regular programming, including emergency rent and utility assistance, its food and mobile pantry, the Center of Hope Family Shelter, the William Booth Garden Apartments, The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club, and its worship services and church programs.