Mel Trotter opens new thrift store on Division Avenue in Grand Rapids

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Mel Trotter Ministries has opened a new thrift store at the former Society of St. Vincent de Paul building at 1314 S. Division Ave.

The store, which marked its grand opening on Monday, Oct. 2, sells used clothing, furniture and other household goods, according to a news release. It’s open Monday through Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

“This new thrift store provides an easily accessible option for quality household and personal items for the community,” Dennis Van Kampen, president and CEO of Mel Trotter Ministries, said in a statement. “Not only is this clearance store conveniently located, but it also is a budget-friendly alternative for families struggling with the impact of inflation.”

Mel Trotter purchased the building from Society of St. Vincent de Paul in July. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. The two-story building, the sixth retail store owned and operated by Mel Trotter, is located just south of Hall Street SE.

Proceeds from sales at the location will be used to support Mel Trotter initiatives, including job training programs, addiction recovery services, clinic operations, rental housing costs and ministry, the rescue mission said in a statement.

“It’s all part of our continuing effort to provide the compassion of Jesus Christ to those in our community who need our support,” Van Kampen said.

Related: Mel Trotter Ministries gets $880K federal job training grant

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