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South Side Mission Thrift Store
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Peoria, ILThe South Side Mission, a non-profit organization serving the Peoria community for over 90 years, has announced the groundbreaking of their new thrift store, designed by IDG+ Architects, also based in Peoria, IL. The new store will replace the current thrift store, which has been in operation for over 30 years.

The new thrift store will be located on the corner of South Western Avenue and West Lincoln Avenue, in the heart of the South Side Mission’s service area. The 7,500 square-foot building will feature a modern design with ample parking for customers, making it more accessible and convenient for shoppers. The new store will also provide a larger retail space and expanded donation processing areas to accommodate the growing number of donations received.

The South Side Mission’s new thrift store will not only provide affordable clothing, furniture, and household items to the community, but it will also create new job opportunities. The store plans to hire up to 10 full-time and part-time employees, providing valuable job training and work experience to those in need.

“We are excited to break ground on our new thrift store and to partner with IDG+ Architects to bring this project to life,” said Reverend Craig Williams, President, and CEO of the South Side Mission. “The new store will allow us to better serve our community, both by offering affordable items and by creating job opportunities for those in need.”

IDG+ Architects has extensive experience in designing retail spaces and is committed to creating functional, innovative, and sustainable solutions for their clients. The firm has been working closely with the South Side Mission to create a building that is not only aesthetically pleasing but also meets the needs of the organization and its clients.

“We are thrilled to be a part of this project and to work with the South Side Mission family to create a new thrift store that will benefit the community,” said Aaron Gunn, Associate Managing Principal at IDG+ Architects. “Our goal is to design a space that is welcoming, functional, and energy-efficient, and we are confident that we will achieve that goal with this project.”

The South Side Mission’s new thrift store is expected to open its doors in the fall of 2023, providing the community with affordable shopping options and employment opportunities.


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