Chez Thrift set to ‘Evolve’ into bigger Bolton location in 2017

by Danielle Marr

Caledon Community Services’ gently-used clothing store, Chez Thrift, is gearing up for a big change with the official date for the closure of the current storefront set for Oct. 29.

The organization hosted a small launch at the new location for business owners and media members this summer to provide a sneak peek at what the bigger and brighter Chez Thrift will look like – and what it will be called.

That’s right, the infamous second-hand Bolton brand is being renamed – to Evolve.

“The meaning of the word evolve is to work through a process to attain change,” said Ward 2 Regional Councillor and CCS board member, Johanna Downey. “Unfortunately, in the current location, we don’t have enough space for donations coming in.”

According to Downey, with the current 6,000 sq. ft. location, clothing donations often end up left outside in the elements and inevitably discarded due to lack of space.

“We don’t have adequate space to price or sort or tag or get the amount of donations coming in out on the sales floor,” she said. “Even with all of those factors stopping us, this store pushes out three quarters of a million dollars in revenue every year and 100 per cent of that money goes back into community services.”

The new, 15,000 sq. ft. location is just a few short steps from the ReUse Store on Industrial Road in the south end of Bolton (the location was previously a fitness centre).

Along with a bigger space to accept donations and get more clothing on the floor, the new location is also expected to have office spaces, sorting rooms and space to train more volunteers to serve the Caledon community.

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