In the midst of the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression, one chain of retail stores in Chicago is doing a booming business.
“My experience is that when business is good for the thrift store business, the economy is kind of in a rough way,” said Major Mark Anderson of the Salvation Army. “Individuals are looking at their checkbook. They’re looking at how much they’re able to spend.”
Business has never been greater for the Army’s 26 Chicago-area Thrift Stores, and many are first-time customers.
“We’re seeing people come into our stores that we haven’t seen before,” said Anderson. “I will tell you that it is a tough step when you’re out of funds, you’re laid off, things have gotten rough. It’s a tough step to ask for help.”