Northern Lights Family Thrift Store in Anchorage Gets a Makeover

Apr 19, 2021 | by Lessa Peter

Shortly after The Salvation Army Family Thrift Store located on Dimond Blvd. in Anchorage closed this past December, The Salvation Army received a generous donation to renovate the store on Northern Lights Boulevard. The legacy gift was made by Richard Wayne Nyman, who used to stop into the Northern Lights thrift store every time he was passing by and had a moment to spare.

Thanks to the generous donation, the store has received a layout upgrade, including a cozy reading nook, more racks for donated clothes, organized sections for furniture and kids toys as well as board games. The store’s lighting was completely replaced with retrofitted LED light, walls were freshly painted, repairs were made to damaged areas of the building, and an additional register was added to help cut down on customer wait times at check out.

“We are so grateful for Mr. Nyman’s generosity. The gift has allowed us to improve the shopping experience for our customers in the Anchorage area,” said Oscar Shaw IV, The Salvation Army’s Regional Retail Manager. “The donated clothing and home goods we receive not only allow us to help individuals in the most need by providing store vouchers, but our sales help us fund local social services provided by The Salvation Army. We are truly grateful for the support we receive monetarily and through donated goods.”

The Salvation Army Northern Lights store is located at 300 W. Northern Lights Blvd. in Anchorage. Store hours are Monday through Saturday from 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM and Sundays from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM. The thrift store accepts donations Monday through Saturday from 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM and on Sundays from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM. Beginning May 1, the Northern Lights store will be closed on Sundays.

Keep an eye out on the thrift store’s Facebook page @SalvationArmyThriftStoreNorthernLights for an announcement regarding the store’s grand reopening. Store patrons can also see updated hours and daily sales on the store’s Facebook page.


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