BELTON — After 16 years and rebuilding a failing business into a thriving thrift store, Susan Robison is ready to retire as a store manager.
“I just gave my boss the keys and I’m officially done,” Robison said Wednesday, his last day at the Baylor Scott & White Hospice Thrift Store, 2169 N. Main St. in Belton. “I built the store from the ground up. It’s actually a tearful thing. I’m excited for myself and feel like I left the store in good hands. I’m so proud to have worked in such a meaningful position to be able to work for hospice patients.
In the mid-2000s, Robison was the volunteer coordinator of the 2,000 square foot facility located on Central Avenue at the time.
“My definite duty was to turn the thrift store around or they were going to shut it down,” she said. “I was given six months for it to make a profit.”
Robison has set himself a mission of success, a duty that continues to be the driving force of the entity.
“Accept and treat donations with respect,” she said. “Turn everything possible into funds for patients. Doing a favor to our community and recycling properly. Trade items with respect. Place on the showroom floor in a way that reflects what we think of BS&W Hospice and our patients and those who have been generous enough to donate.
Money raised at the Belton store is donated to the Baylor Scott & White Hospice Foundation.
“These funds are used to support things not covered by diagnostics and for the less fortunate,” she said. “Every deposit goes directly into their account.”
Robison said she would replace the sounds of moving furniture and hanging clothes with humming and humming.
“I breed Persian cats,” she said. “I will focus more on my cats. I am a beekeeper. I will focus more on my bees. I will definitely focus more on my husband. We have been married for 42 years.
The store was left in good hands, according to Robison, who said a longtime employee would take over the store.
“I expect it to be business as usual,” she said. “I have assembled a great team of people. We have worked very hard on the store. We just did a renovation because I knew I was leaving. We have a fresh new look. I tried to leave a legacy of business as usual. It’s the best thrift store in all of Bell County.