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THUNDER BAY -- The Salvation Army Thrift Store on Memorial Avenue has been a beacon of bad luck.
Earlier this month a driver lost control of a vehicle and smashed into the side of the building, causing extensive damage. Last July a fire destroyed the contents of donation bins behind the store.
The latest incident occurred last Sunday at about 6:45 p.m. and damaged both the glass storefront and the foundation.
“We still do not know why the crash happened and we do not have any details about the person or individuals who were in the vehicle,” said Michael Perry, Retail District Leader for Manitoba and Thunder Bay Thrift Stores, in a release issued eight days after the incident.
“This comes at a very unfortunate time because the cold draft and excess debris is making shopping and everyday operations cumbersome,” said Perry.
Despite the setback, the store remains open for regular business hours.
Repairs are expected to take about two weeks to fix.
“We’re hoping this latest incident won’t have a negative impact on donations or store sales,” said Perry.
“We need all the help we can get to continue to support individuals and families in need this winter.”
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