December 8, 2016
New Hope Village, an organization serving people with disabilities from its Carroll base for 40 years, plans a mid-February opening for its a Bargain Shoppe in the former Ben Franklin building in Jefferson.
The store will accept tax-deductible donations and sell new and gently used clothing, jewelry and accessories, housewares, craft items, bedding and linens and furniture.
“The store will be successful with the support of the community,” said Jodie Jansen, director of development for New Hope.
New Hope will begin accepting donations at the new store sometime in January, said Cindy Beck, manager of retail operations.
Due to limited space the store is not taking large furniture items in Jefferson at this point.
The organization is working to hire a local manager and is seeking volunteers to work at the Jefferson store, which is scheduled to operate from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
Once it is open, the drop-off zone will be in the alley at the rear of the building, 106 N. Wilson St.
Funds raised by New Hope, which has about 350 employees, go to assist programs for people with disabilities. New Hope currently operates Bargain Shoppes in Carroll, Coon Rapids, Manning and Perry.
“Our stores are for everyone,” Jansen said. “They’re not just for people of lesser means. They are for the bargain shopper, the collector.”
Bob and Lori Smith, owners of the former Jefferson Ben Franklin, closed that store Sept. 30. The Smiths inked a three-year lease with New Hope.
“It was a blessing that they came over and wanted to lease it,” Bob Smith said. “When people found out, they said ‘fantastic.’
These girls have been fantastic to work with. What better can you ask for. Their funds go for a good cause. Really, it’s a three-way bonus.”
Jansen has been scouting potential locations for the expansion of the bargain stores. She read the Jefferson Herald’s coverage of the Ben Franklin closing during a stop at the Casey’s in Scranton and thought right away that the location could be a match for New Hope.
The Smiths, who operated the Ben Franklin since 1999, said competition from the internet forced them to shutter the location.
They will continue to operate the Tech Zone.
The Smiths own both the Tech Zone and Ben Franklin locations. The Greene County Assessor’s Office lists the building’s value at $63,500.
Keith Riley, maintenance director for New Hope, joined two other employees, Justin Potthoff and John Reinart, in retrofitting the space this week. Work will continue through the new year. A fitting room and processing area will be added, and both the main floor and basement will be used, Beck said.