One of northeast Winnipeg’s hotspots for thrift shopping has moved just a little to the west.
The new Value Village location took over the old United Furniture Warehouse building at 970 Nairn Ave. The store is over 31,500 square feet, about 1,000 square feet larger than the previous spot at 1560 Regent Ave. W.
Store manager Sherri Hill, who has been with the company for nine years, explained it was about time to reboot Value Village’s efforts in the neighbourhood. The Regent Avenue West location was Winnipeg’s first when it opened in 1989.
"It’s bigger, brighter, shiny, brand-new," she said of the new store, which is owned by Bellevue, Wash.-based Savers Inc. "There’s way more product in the store for people to shop through.
"I just think it’s going to be an amazing location for us."
Thrift shoppers lined up well before the store’s opening time of 9 a.m. at the grand opening on Aug. 28, and after a brief presentation by store management and Coun. Thomas Steen (Elmwood-East Kildonan), were let into the store about 15 minutes before it was officially slated to throw open its doors.
Hill is excited to be able to showcase more choice selections from the donations the Canadian Diabetes Association receives and sells to the company.
"We get so many unique items every day, so it’s hard to pinpoint one certain thing, but now we have more shelf space, so a lot more of those unique items are hitting the sales floor on a daily basis," Hill explained.
Canadian Diabetes Association operations manager Joy Stewart explained through the Clothesline program partnership between the two organizations, the CDA receives about $10 million annually to fund its research, education, and advocacy efforts. Data specific to the Winnipeg region was not available.
"I try to visit all the stores whenever I can," said Stewart, who has worked with the CDA for eight years. "The partnership we have is vital, because if we don’t have the partnership, we can’t provide the money to help out the cause."
In addition to pushing hard for a cure, Stewart explained there are several efforts aimed at children, including treating juvenile diabetes and providing camps for young people.
The CDA is paid for every item regardless of whether or not it sells, and giving customers the option of purchasing an item keeps 650 million pounds of merchandise out of landfills each year throughout the Savers chain of stores, according to a release.
Those looking for more information can visit www.valuevillage.com or call the store at 204-661-9045.