Hope Mission opens new store, other thrift stores reopen

Marcia White of Beaufort checks out the clothes Monday at the new Hope Mission Thrift Store in Morehead City. (Cheryl Burke photo)

MOREHEAD CITY — People waited in line to shop at the new Hope Mission Thrift Store, which opened its doors to the public Monday.

Other thrift stores have also reopened with social distancing requirements in place, including The Salvation Army Thrift Store in Morehead City, which opened Friday. In addition, St. James United Methodist Church in Newport reopened its thrift store Saturday.

Those waiting in line Monday at Hope Mission said they had been looking forward to shopping at the store at 1205 Arendell St.

“We help serve meals at Hope Mission (soup kitchen) and we know that donations generated here go back into the community,” Lisa Ford of Morehead City said. She was waiting in line with her husband Russell.

Proceeds from the sale of items at the store are used to support homeless shelters and substance abuse programs operated by Hope Mission, a nonprofit Christian ministry.

“This is part of our journey to address poverty, homelessness and substance abuse,” Hope Mission Executive Director Gene McLendon said. “This is an important stream of revenue to address our homeless population.”

Mr. McLendon added that he has anticipated the opening of the store for a long time. The nonprofit acquired the location, was doing renovations and was scheduled to open when the novel coronavirus pandemic caused postponed plans.

“This is an exciting day for us,” he said after cutting the ribbon to open the store.

Hope Mission opens new store, other thrift stores reopen

People wait in line Monday for the doors to open on the new Hope Mission Thrift Store in Morehead City. (Cheryl Burke photo)

Mr. McLendon said store hours will be 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. A truck is available for pickup of donated items, as well as for deliveries. The donation drop-off area is at the rear of the store.

Store manager Glenda Killion said there will be a limit on the amount of people allowed in the store at one time due to the pandemic. The floors are marked to encourage 6-foot social distancing. In addition, hand sanitizer is available and Monday masks were available for customers.

Another popular thrift store operated by The Salvation Army on Bridges Street reopened to the public Saturday.

Maj. Aaron Goldfarb with The Salvation Army said Monday, “I was eager to get my employees back to work. We were excited to open back up and see what kinds of numbers we would have.”

He, too, said the store would limit the number of people allowed due to the pandemic.

“We were told 50 percent capacity allows 55 people in the store at one time,” he said. “We have social distancing requirements and we do encourage people to wear masks. We also sanitize our carts frequently.”

Hope Mission opens new store, other thrift stores reopen

Danyel Willis of Morehead City holds her 1-year-old son Waylon as she checks out items Monday in The Salvation Army Thrift Store in Morehead City, which reopened to the public Friday. (Cheryl Burke photo)

Salvation Army thrift store hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The donation center is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

The St. James United Methodist Church thrift store reopened its doors Saturday.

“We are limiting to 10 people in the store at a time,” church secretary Suzanne Plisko said Monday. The hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays.


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(7) comments


Didn't everyone get a Trump Socialist Check?


I got mine about a week ago, but $1200 doesn't go far, esp. if you're a mo. or more behind on all your bills, & even if your not, $1200 helps, but, isn't really that much these days! I could spend that much getting some of the stuff on my car that needs to be fixed & buying a couple weeks worth of groceries! I live on SSi, due to cancer, I need to shop at the Salvation Army, to avoid spending way more for the things I need! I'll bet the consignment shops are gna be loaded soon, w/ people selling their stuff, to get by?! [sad]

David Collins

Only tax filers and their spawn I was told . Never hurts to try to save a dollar or two , when you can . Something tells me that dollar will soon be needed . Lack of proper masking for mother and child is what I noticed .


I agree! Everyone should be extra mindful of their money, I know I am! We have no idea what's going to happen over the next yr or more?! I noticed the lack of masks too! When are people going to wake up? Unless they just don't have any, but still, you can wrap something around your face, to protect others & yourself! [scared]


...and also lack of masks of some standing in line waiting to get in and lack of a mask by the one lady in the store in top photograph. Didn't the article state they were giving out masks on Monday? I wonder how they're cleaning the dishes and clothes after folks have coughed and sneezed on them?


The counties should be giving out free masks to everyone, that can't afford them, or find any, since a lot of places are still sold out! What if people don't even have a computer or can't afford internet, to order masks? No one that wants or needs one, should be going without, esp. now, that places are starting to open back up. This virus will probably start spreading like wildfire over the next couple weeks, to a month! Watch and see, people have been cooped up for months, and now ready to get out! Also, .I've seen so many people walking around with no masks. Even in fast food drive thru's, the 1st time I went to one in 2mo's, I asked if the employees were wearing masks, and they replyed, we're not required to wear them, but most are. I told them I have cancer and have to be extra careful, so one of the guys working there, went to the back, w/ his mask on, and made my food for me, which I couldn't be more appreciative, at least some people care about others lives! It should be mandatory that cooks, servers, cashiers, wear masks, at all times! It only takes, one breath on your food, to catch this nasty virus! [scared]


If you actually needed a mask then don’t you think they would have been required? The main thing is wash hands, use hand sanitizer & don’t touch your face with unwashed hands. How exactly would you keep a mask on a baby that age? If you are sick or have a weak immune system, you need to stay home and you need to be the one wearing the mask. Please don’t try to take everyone else’s freedoms away just because you’re afraid or unhealthy. Others want to live and I’m so glad we finally can! I’m glad to see the momma out with her baby. We have got to get this economy going again.

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