Team AMVETS Thrift Store in downtown Fresno will have its last day on Saturday, but the location on Shields and Cedar avenues will remain open.
Proceeds from the stores, including the one on Broadway and Inyo streets, benefit veterans through the AMVETS National Service Foundation.
“Just because of location, it was never a huge profit source for us,” said Mike Bledsoe, operations analyst and marketing manager at the AMVETS. “It was always a secondary location.”
It is unclear what the closure will mean for employees at the downtown store. Human resources manager Jeff Ott declined to comment.
The building was home to the original thrift store, which moved to Shields, leaving the downtown location vacant, Bledsoe said. Nearly two years ago, it reopened as the Welcome Home Warehouse, which helped provide furniture to previously homeless veterans.
Part of it was eventually reopened as the thrift store with the revitalization of the area in 2014.
The building will be leased, and the warehouse aspect will temporarily be moved to the Shields location.
The closure brings the number of AMVET thrift stores down to five – one in Fresno, three in San Diego, and one in Long Beach.