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Salvos Stores opens 400th outlet with plans for more


The cake ready to be cut at Northcote, Melbourne, to mark the milestone of 400 Salvos Stores across Australia.

The Salvation Army’s retail operation, Salvos Stores, this week opened its 400th store in Australia, with plans to open an additional 25-plus stores by the end of 2024.

 

The store on vibrant High Street in Northcote, Melbourne, was officially opened on Tuesday 30 April. It is the 11th new store this year.

 

“It was an amazing day at Northcote,” said Territorial Commander Commissioner Miriam Gluyas. “Huge congratulations to Matt Davis (Salvos Stores National Director) and his team.

 

“[The stores] are a front door for the Salvos, and I love how they unashamedly say and live who we are.

 

“[There’s] great culture, real community, a key focus and true to our mission ... helping so many people. [We have] more stores than most major retailers, and we’re still growing!”

 

Major David Collinson, Commissioner Miriam Gluyas and Matt Davis at the opening of the Northcote Salvos Store on Tuesday.

In 2023, Salvos Stores raised more than $44 million through sales to directly support The Salvation Army’s network of more than 2000 community programs and services around Australia.

 

Over the years, Salvos Stores have provided Australians with a diverse range of pre-loved treasures, from clothing and accessories to household items and furniture, all at accessible prices.

 

“We’re absolutely thrilled to celebrate the opening of our 400th store in Australia,” Salvos Stores National Director Matt Davis said. “As we continue to expand our network across the country, we trust we can continue to offer local communities a great place to shop, donate and connect, all while making a difference to people and the planet.”

 

Salvos Stores chaplain Nat Prince with Commissioner Miriam Gluyas at the official opening.

Salvos Stores have been enabling reuse throughout Australia for more than 130 years. In the last year alone, the Australian community has helped Salvos Stores divert over 42 million items from landfill, which translates to a reduction of 583,800 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions.

 

Now, with 400 retail stores nationwide and an online store listing thousands of new items daily, Salvos Stores remain committed to providing great value, environmentally friendly products to communities around Australia.

 

“Our customers play a vital role in the circular economy, which is one of the many reasons why Salvos Stores believes in keeping the community at the forefront of everything we do,” Matt said.

 

“Their contributions not only benefit the environment but also enable us to fund essential community programs that make a real difference in people's lives. We look forward to welcoming the community to our newest store to celebrate this incredible milestone together!”

 

To find your nearest store or shop online with Salvos Stores, visit salvosstores.com.au.

 

Salvos Stores chaplain Nat Prince speaks at the official opening of the 400th Salvos Store.

 

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