Even with a 50-percent-off deal store-wide, Edmonton’s Mennonite Central Committee Thrift store had record sales at its official grand opening. On an average day 60 customers walk through the door and spend about $550.00. On Sept. 15, 211 customers left $1,965.00 at the till. Operating in North Edmonton since 2003, the store moved to its current location at 9251, 34 Avenue, in June of 2012. Store manager, Bryan Heidebrecht, noted a number of reasons for the move including the lease being up, a desire to increase profitability for MCC, and the fact that most volunteers are in the south part of the city. Asked about his hopes, Heidebrecht laughed and said; “My hopes are that we are way too busy and don’t have enough space! The goal is to give money to MCC.”
Susan Reynar, the Alberta Thrift Shop Coordinator for MCC, commented on the store’s proximity to a Value Village just a block away. “Anyone can set up a thrift shop. It’s our ‘why’ that’s different, that sets us apart,” Reynar said. Since 1972, Thrift Shops across Canada and the United States have raised more than $167,144,871 to support MCC’s humanitarian work.
Store manager, Bryan Heidebrecht (L), and board member Harvey Friesen, hold a ribbon made of thrift store ties at the grand opening of the new location for Edmonton’s Mennonite Central Committee Thrift Store.