- Associated Press - Thursday, December 11, 2014

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - The Salvation Army has closed a thrift store in Billings because the operation was losing money.

The Billings Gazette reported Thursday (https://tinyurl.com/pkog9zm) the store was losing about $5,000 a month.

Edward “Duke” Markham, who heads the Billings Salvation Army, cited the store’s out-of-the-way location on 30th Street and competition from other thrift stores.

Markham says two of the store’s four employees were transferred to other jobs and two got help finding new positions.

Markham says the space will be used to store donations for Christmas presents and other seasonal drives. He says other uses have been considered, including a warming shelter for homeless people.

Markham has been reducing the organization’s staff and trimming some programs to eliminate a deficit. He says the budget is now balanced.

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Information from: The Billings Gazette, https://www.billingsgazette.com


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