May 25, 2021 By Christina Santucci
The Salvation Army Family Store on Steinway Street in Astoria has permanently closed.
A spokesperson for the Salvation Army said the shop, at 34-02 Steinway St., shuttered when its lease expired close to the end of April. The location, which dates back to the 1980s, served as a thrift shop and donation center.
“Most of the employees accepted reassignment offers to other area stores,” the spokesperson said. Of the seven people who worked in the Steinway store – five were transferred to other locations, he said.
The Astoria location’s inventory was also redistributed to other stores.
“While there are no immediate plans to open another store in Astoria, we are always on the lookout for properties that make sense,” the spokesperson said. He said the Salvation Army would be glad to review any suggestions for new locations in the neighborhood.
The Family Store in Woodside, at 39-11 61st St, is now the organization’s closest thrift store to Astoria.
The Salvation Army, an international charity that is an evangelical part of the Universal Christian Church, accepts donations and then sells them in its thrift stores. The money raised is then used to fund Adult Rehabilitation Centers for people with drug and alcohol dependencies, according to the organization’s website.