After the Orange Salvation Army’s thrift store on DuPont Drive was damaged by Hurricane Ike’s flooding, it was decided to relocate to the MacArthur Shopping Center area to the far left of Big Lots. 

The Greater Orange Area Chamber of Commerce will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the SA Family Store, set for 4 p.m. Thursday at 2286 MacArthur Drive.

“We wanted to let everyone know that we were alive and well,” said Maj. John Queener.

Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays. Eventually hours will be extended to 5 p.m., Queener said. 

Merchandise includes furniture, glassware, general household goods, electronics, computers and clothes.

“We accept all type of donations as long as they are in good condition,” said store manager Nan Hucko. Marked-down deals include sofas and recliners for $65 and up. Anything in the “Z” racks down the center aisle (a clothing rack) is $5.95 per bag, Hucko said.

For more information, or to donate, call the shop at 886-3194. Hucko advised it is best to bring donations during the hours the store is open.

The new location is where the old Goodwill store was. Goodwill has since moved across the street, nearby the Goody’s store next to the Wal-Mart complex in West Orange.

The Salvation Army provides Christmas charities, services for senior citizens, drug / alcohol rehabilitation and disaster relief, among other programs. Donations are always welcome by calling 883-4232.