SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Two Sacramento-area Thrift Town stores will be closing in the next few weeks, the company announced in a press release over the weekend.
The family owned and operated thrift chain has been around for 47 years and has been part of the Sacramento community since 1991, according to the press release.
The Thrift Town located in South Sacramento at 5005 Stockton Boulevard will close on Saturday, February 23. The second location in Carmichael on 6328 Fair Oaks will close its doors on March 2.
Both stores are having 50 and 75 percent off store closing sales right now.
A shopper named Barbara says e-commerce is eating up all the brick and mortar stores. She said she is not surprised to hear about the closure.
“When you look at the trends, even now you can buy secondhand stuff online, you know thread up and things like that," Barbara told ABC10. "All the items you could only get at thrift shops are now online."
Jackie has been shopping periodically at the Carmichael store location for years and says it’s unfortunate because, for a lot of people, it’s a reasonable place to buy clothing.
“It’s unfortunate. Prices here are better than other thrift stores,” Jackie said.
Vice President of Marketing and one of the owners of Thrift Town, Wendy Steinmetz, blames low sales and rising cost of goods, labor and business for the stores closure.
“It’s heartbreaking. We’ve been part of this community for a long time, and when the cost continues to climb it’s now become unattainable for us. We can’t sustain the business anymore,” Steinmetz said.
Steinmetz says Goodwill will be leasing the family-owned building and will open a store in late March or early April. The thrift store giant will also retain all Thrift Town employees from the stores that are closing.
“Our crews will keep their jobs if they choose to join the Goodwill family. For us that is a soft landing for what we knew we had to do. It is better than giving them a two-week notice,” Steinmetz said.
She says the Thrift Town store located at 410 El Camino in Sacramento will remain open for business. This location is where scenes for the motion picture “Lady Bird” were shot.
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