“Timing is everything, and the food bank had been looking for more space for over a year,” said Randy Serroels, chairman of the board of SCFBS. “When the building across the street became available, we jumped at the chance to expand and innovate.”
The new Stanwood Camano Thrift Store will have a more modern look, new displays, shelving, shelving and lighting. It will still contain all the sections that customers like.
The store plans to accept donations on a more regular basis through the aisle. SCFBS believes these ‘treasures’ are a great way to promote sustainability at the local level.
With the move and revamp, SCFBS hopes to target new customers in the wider Snohomish and Skagit counties by promoting its competitive pricing against major thrift retailers and, more importantly, keeping business personal.
The former store location will be transformed into a model grocery store for food bank members. The goal is to provide members with the dignity of choice by giving them the ability to shop for themselves and their families, said Kathy Moe, Executive Director of SCFBS.
“We needed to change our business model to provide new and better services for our customers and operational improvements for staff,” Moe said. “It really takes a village, and I can’t express my gratitude enough.”
SCFBS expects its new food bank model to be operational by February.
More information about SCFBS at stanwoodcamanofoodbank.org, Facebook: @StanwoodCamanoFoodBankServices and Instagram: @stanwoodcamanofoodbank.
SCFBS distributed over a million pounds of food last year, serving over 1,700 families. They provide a wide variety of food, as well as basic pet food and toiletries for those in need. His thrift store depends solely on community donations and 100% of profits support the food bank.