Salvation Army closes one Peoria store

By WEEK Reporter

May 10, 2014 Updated May 10, 2014 at 10:41 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- The salvation army thrift store on the corner of University and Glen in Peoria is closing Saturday.

It is part of consolidation plans for the Salvation Army. Employees at the location will be moved to the Townline Road store. Salvation Army officials say the decision to close the store will help the agency in the short term. They plan to look for options to open stores in 2015.

"This is a lease property. It's harder to close a store you own. And it's a larger store, a larger front print. This store is a little store, and there's no real way we could expand here," said Captain Robin Rutledge, who operates all the Illinois stores.

The money made at the stores will go towards the Adult Rehabilitation center in Springfield.