The Salvation Army Northern Division has announced it's permanently closing its thrift store in Cloquet due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Cloquet store is one of four Family Store locations immediately closing in Minnesota, including Faribault, Fairmont and Morris, the Salvation Army said in a news release Friday.
The four closures will result in a total of 19 part-time and full-time positions being phased out.
“This is the type of decision that is tough to make, because it has an impact on staff and the communities we serve,” Lt. Col. Lonneal Richardson, commander of The Salvation Army Northern Division, said in the release. “Because of the lost revenue from being closed and the challenging retail environment ahead, these stores would not be financially viable in the COVID-19 era.”
The Salvation Army's social service programs in Cloquet, including food distribution, emergency assistance and other services, will not be affected by the store closing.
Retail operations of all Family Stores in Minnesota were suspended in late March to protect staff, volunteers and clients from the spread of the COVID-19 virus. The Duluth store is reopening sometime in June, an employee told the News Tribune.