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The mission's board has agreed to buy the Ivy Ridge Shopping Mall in northeast Roanoke.
Kyle Green | The Roanoke Times
Joy Sylvester-Johnson is CEO of the Roanoke Rescue Mission.
Thursday, September 5, 2013
The Rescue Mission will open a new thrift store in northeast Roanoke and is moving its recycling center west of downtown in steps that will generate 20 new jobs and keep a 65-year-old Roanoke tradition on solid financial footing.
The mission’s board has agreed to buy the Ivy Ridge Shopping Mall on Orange Avenue near King Street in northeast Roanoke, where it will open a thrift store, Chief Executive Officer Joy Sylvester-Johnson said Wednesday. A bank building on the site will become a drop-off point for donations, as well.
“We look forward to serving our loyal customer base with a shopping experience that is enhanced not only by great bargains and discovery of one-of-a-kind treasures, but the knowledge that every purchase helps people right here in Roanoke,” Sylvester-Johnson said. “The Rescue Mission is our name and rescue is our main business. We rescue clothing and curios and furniture and food and medical supplies and, most of all, people in crisis.”
The new store will be across the street from a Goodwill store.
“Shoppers who are interested in recycling, reusing and repurposing items will have two places to shop and support two great organizations,” Sylvester-Johnson said.
“The buildings will be totally renovated. This will bring new life to a strip mall and bank building that have been vacant for years,” she added.
The new store will open when renovations are complete, sometime this year or next, she said. She did not say how much the Rescue Mission is paying for the property.
At the same time the new thrift store is opening, the mission’s Warehouse Processing and Recycling operation, now located across from its main building, will move to 1909 Salem Ave. Cox Cable gave that building to the Rescue Mission.
Sylvester-Johnson said the mission will add 20 people to its staff for the two operations.
The mall is assessed at more than $1.4 million, according to city tax records. It was built in 1983 and has more than 37,000 square feet of space.
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