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Savers Secondhand Retailer Brings 50 Jobs to Crestwood

One of Savers' first stores in St. Louis is scheduled to open Feb. 21. The store has chosen to pair with Vietnam Veterans of America as its charitable partner.

Updated: Jan. 28, 2013

The new Savers store in Crestwood will bring approximately 50 jobs into the city, according to a news release from the company. Those interested in remaining management and team member positions can apply on the Savers website.

The for-profit retailer of secondhand clothing and home goods is tentatively scheduled to open Feb. 21. Residents can now drop off their donations at the store. 

Renovations on the former Barnes & Noble, 9618 Watson Rd., began this fall. There is currently one other Savers store in the St. Louis area, which opened in Ellisville in October.

The chain donates money to local non-profit partners for every item donated to stores. Donations to the Crestwood store will benefit Vietnam Veterans of America. The non-profit will also receive money for items donated directly to them through their home pick-up service, according to a release from Savers.

“When we open a store in a new market, we always aim to form partnerships with organizations that are strong supporters of the local community. The first St. Louis-area Savers, located in Ellisville, also partners with the Vietnam Veterans of America, so we were eager to continue this wonderful relationship and help them bring even more support to veterans in the area," District Manager Rick Sturdivant said.

Savers isn't the only area thrift store aiming to benefit veterans. Proceeds from Red Rack, which opened in Affton and Ballwin in 2012, go toward the Disabled American Veterans.

 

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Laurie January 16, 2013 at 05:13 PM
Did Barnes and Noble leave b/c of cost of the lease? Would be curious what there profit is??
Reasonable Person January 16, 2013 at 09:41 PM
Yep, it's the reincarnation of Value Village. Seriously, check out their website...same company and all. Fitting business to be right across the street from that giant eye sore of a former mall.
Reasonable Person January 16, 2013 at 10:13 PM
Not sure if anyone ever really knew why Barnes and Noble left. There was the speculation over the lease. But, the absence of a mall across the street that used to boost their traffic and sales was probably the biggest factor in their exit. If your profit question is about Savers, they're a privately held company that doesn't release that information. It's rumored their profit margin is $2.5 to every $1 donated to charity. They're known to pay most employees minimum wage and employ the often unemployable ex-con or probationer.
Karen January 17, 2013 at 04:21 AM
This whole things sounds fishy...A "for profit" operation asking for people's donations to stock their store then trust them to donate a resonable share of profits to a specific not-for-profit organization....strange...So no tax deduction for your donations to this store...I think I'll continue to take my donations to Goodwill.
John Dough January 30, 2013 at 12:51 PM
Crestwood if fast becoming THE place were you can buy a VHS tape for a $1.(.How the mighty have fallen) ..I am surprised savers did not demand a TIF..

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