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New 2 You Thrift Store expands; NAPA moves locations

WILLMAR -- The New 2 You Thrift Store at 1401 First St. S. in Willmar will remodel and expand into space formerly occupied by NAPA Auto Parts Store, and the NAPA store has moved and has opened for business at its new location at 409 19th Ave. S.W. in Willmar.

New 2 You is a nonprofit ministry of Central Minnesota Christian School in Prinsburg. The school has operated the thrift store since 2007 and recently bought the building where the store is located.

"I'm always surprised people don't know about us or they associate us with the former Bibles for Missions thrift store,'' said Darci Post, business manager. "It's been a good move for the school and us.''

The remodeling project will begin sometime this month. Post and Becky Zondervan, manager of volunteers, say they are glad to have more space for improving the retail displays of donated clothing, linens, house wares and furniture.

"We're excited to make it look even more retail,'' said Post. "With more space we can do a better presentation.''

While the store is being remodeled, operations have temporarily moved to the former Quick Signs building just behind and east of the store. Post and Zondervan say the retail space is open and donations can still be made at the temporary location.

They said the move to the temporary location has been a bit confusing for some customers and donors.

"We want them to know we're open in the back to the east and they can drop off donations and we are operating retail space,'' said Post.

Zondervan said business is good and the quality of the donations has improved.

"It's been so nice,'' she said. "Brand-new things. We're just so tickled with what people bring here. Consider us an option, definitely.''

She said the store has volunteers who can do some light repairs.

"If it's a beautiful table and it just needs a couple of screws on the leg, our guys can do that,'' she said.

Post said volunteers are important to this store.

"With two part-time managers as the only paid employees here, we try to give all our proceeds to benefit the school and we can't afford to be paying a huge staff,'' she said. "We just so appreciate the volunteers and all the work that they do and their excitement to be here.'

The store is open to the public. For more information, call 320-231-1850.

NAPA manager Kevin Pillatzki said the store had been doing business at the previous location for about 33 years. The thrift store expansion project gave the NAPA store the opportunity to move to a larger location that expands the amount of retail and storage space from about 4,500 square feet to about 7,800 square feet.

The location, which is the former Colonial Plaza building, was remodeled and has a bright showroom. New signs will be arriving. Pillatzki said business has always been good throughout the years, but he expects to do better now because the location is more visible and has better parking.

Pillatzki said the future of the auto parks business is good.

"It's amazing. People will always work on their own cars,'' he said. "I thought back in the '70s nobody's going to be able to work on their cars, and they still work on their cars. I think as technology changes, people change with the technology.''

The store can still be reached by calling 320-235-7595.

David Little
David Little covers the Willmar City Council, Willmar Municipal Utilities and other city news.
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