Summit Thrift is now hoping for the June 1 opening
Yakima Union Gospel Mission officials continue to work to open a new store called Summit Thrift. The new Yakima Union Gospel Mission thrift store was supposed to open on May 1 but there was a delay. Mission director Mike Johnson says they are now planning an opening on June 1. He says the problem and the reason for the delay in opening is the work needed to remove asbestos from the floor tiles in the old Rite Aid store at 56th and Summitview.
However, the work outside the building is not funded by the mission. The building improvements, which include work on the roof and a new coat of paint, among other things, are funded by the building owner. The owner is also in the process of constructing a new area at the back of the building that will make it easier to donate items with an improved loading dock area.
Summit Thrift will join two other thrift stores owned and operated by the Yakima Union Gospel Mission. The original Lighthouse Thrift Store on South Front Street and the Lincoln Mission Thrift Store located on Lincoln Avenue. Johnson says those two stores generate enough money to fully fund all administrative costs for the mission, meaning that no salaries or other costs come from donated dollars.
The new Summit Thrift Store on Summitview will help achieve a goal of using 100% of all customer and program donations. Right now that number is almost 90%, with some of the donations being used to raise more funds to make the mission work.
Johnson says Summit Thrift will operate like other stores with items for sale and funding going directly to help run the mission and fund administrative costs. Summit Thrift is already receiving donations and is expected to open in the new store on May 1.