‘Salvation’ store being sold

LIHUE — The Salvation Army’s thrift store on Rice Street is closing.

The store will temporarily relocate from 4291 Rice Street to The Salvation Army Lihue Corps on 4182 Hardy Street. The move is due to the sale of the store, which is expected to be finalized soon.

Future plans for the building could create opportunities for Rice Street improvements and the Lihue Town Core Mobility and Revitalization Project.

The thrift store’s last day of operation will be Saturday. All items are 90 percent off, including displays, racks, and anything not nailed to the floor.

“We anticipate opening a temporary store on Hardy Street by the end of October as we continue to search and consider potential permanent locations for a new store,” said Major John Chamness, Hawaiian and Pacific Islands divisional leader for The Salvation Army.

The Salvation Army, a Christian church, bought the property in 2004. The organization made a business decision to list the building and property for sale and try to find a smaller Lihue-area location for the thrift store. The existing building is 23,581 square feet.

Sale of the property is pending. Chamness declined to name the buyer or the sales price.

The store was on the market for $1.9 million last summer.

At this time, donations to The Salvation Army will only be accepted at its Hanapepe Thrift Store, 4465 Puolo Road.

“It’s important to note that this shift for our Lihue store does not impact our Hanapepe thrift store,” Chamness said.

The Lihue Corps serves families on Kauai by offering services including assistance with food, clothing, rent and basic utilities.

The Salvation Army provides year-round programs that help disadvantaged youth, families struggling with poverty, individuals suffering from substance abuse, and the homeless.

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