Mission Marts to consolidate into former Bob’s Ace Hardware on 20th Street

Staff Report

Rockford Rescue Mission has announced it will consolidate its two Mission Mart locations into a single larger facility in the former Bob’s Ace Hardware building at 2710 20th St. The Mission will renovate the building and anticipates a grand opening early fall.

According to Executive Director Sherry Pitney, the Mission seized the opportunity to purchase the property — which was offered below market value because of the many benefits it will afford the Mission and the community.

The centrally-located site with extended hours will be more convenient for shoppers as well as friends who donate items,” Pitney said. “And the expanded warehouse will allow us to be more efficient in processing the donations, so we can offer a greater inventory of clothing, household items and furniture. In turn, that will lead to increased sales with greater income to support our programs and services and greater tax revenue to support the community.”

In addition to being sold to the public, donations of clothing and other material goods received at the Mission Mart are provided to residents of the Mission’s long-term recovery programs and crisis shelter guests. They’re also shared with other community organizations to meet the needs of the families and individuals they serve.

The new Mission Mart will also enable the Mission to expand its vocational training curriculum to include landscaping and lawn maintenance, warehouse management, as well as an enhanced retail and customer-service experience.

Pitney said Mission leaders also feel good about this opportunity to “repurpose” a building that has been empty.

It’s important to note as well that the acquisition of this property will result in a substantial annual cost savings over our current lease arrangement, allowing us to be better financial stewards of donor funds,” she added. “We are grateful to our faithful friends and customers who have made our Mission Marts popular shopping destinations, and I’m confident they’ll be pleased by the amenities of our new facility and the greater variety and larger inventory of items they’ll be able to select from.”

Pitney invites Mission Mart customers and donors to watch the Mission’s website — www.rockfordrescuemission.org — for updates on the renovation’s progress and plans for the grand opening in the fall. The current locations at 1405 Kishwaukee St. and 1235 Sandy Hollow Road will continue to operate at full capacity until the new store opens.

Additional information is available on the Mission’s website, www.rockfordrescuemission.org, where customers can also sign up to receive weekly e-mails about Mission Mart special offers and sales.

Open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year since 1964, Rockford Rescue Mission provides nutritious meals and safe shelter for thousands of hungry and homeless men, women and children every year, along with recovery programs and outreach services to rescue, recover and restore the lives of those who are struggling in the Rockford community.

From the June 27-July 3, 2012, issue

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