MANATEE — “Closed Until Further Notice.”
That’s what the small handwritten sign said, taped to the door Friday afternoon at the Salvation Army Family Store and Donation Center, 6835 14th St.
Behind the door were neatly arranged rows of racks with shirts and blouses, several empty Salvation Army Shopping carts and a rack of women’s purses.
Yet the store inside was still.
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The Salvation Army: Adult Rehabilitation Center reportedly has closed that store and another in Sarasota.
Officials in St. Petersburg could not be reached for comment.
The south county store closed Thursday, according to Sandy Shaner, the manager at the Salvation Army’s store at 2415 14th St. W.
“Why, I don’t know, but we’re not going anywhere,” she said.
Three employees were laid off at the south county store, as well, according to Shaner, whose store presently has eight employees.
“It’s business as usual,” she said, as several shoppers wandered by. “We’re fine.”
She mentioned the 50-percent off clothing sales Wednesdays as their busiest day. Furniture is 25 percent off Fridays.
As for the inventory at the south county store?
“That is going back to the warehouse,” Shane said.
Vin Mannix, local columnist, can be reached at 745-7055.