Bargain hunters will soon have another store to add to their rounds. Mel Trotter Ministries is planning to open a thrift shop this summer at 2111 W. Main Street, next to Tractor Supply Company.
“Lowell is an area that we felt could benefit from the value and opportunity provided by Mel Trotter Thrift Stores,” says Trish Groendyke, director of Mel Trotter Ministries Thrift Stores. “We are thankful that the right opportunity arose to allow us to expand into Lowell, and we truly are excited about serving the Lowell community.”
Once open, the Mel Trotter store will be the third second-hand shop in Lowell. It joins Treasures Thrift Shop, which is operated by local non-profit Flat River Outreach Ministries, and the Goodwill store which is part of a national chain
Enhanced Shopping Experience
Mel Trotter Ministries already operates thrift stores in Sparta and Jenison, and Groendyke says the non-profit seeks to run its stores a little differently than what people might traditionally associate with thrift shops. Its goal is to create what Groendyke describes as an outlet store experience, “All of our stores are clean, well-organized and full of high quality merchandise that provides a great value to the community,” she explains.
Like other area thrift stores, the Mel Trotter Thrift Store will depend on local donations for some of its inventory. A donation box is already in place on West Main Street near the drive into the Ada Lowell 5 theater. Groendyke says the Lowell shop will accept clothing, furniture and household items but will not take tube TVs or mattresses at this time.
Profits Support Mel Trotter Ministries
All proceeds from the store will benefit Grand Rapids-based Mel Trotter Ministries. The organization has a focus on helping individuals and families who are experiencing homelessness.
“When people come to us, we demonstrate compassion and help them obtain sustainable income and housing,” Groendyke says. She adds that the organization is a safety net for people of all backgrounds and offers assistance to anyone experiencing homelessness, regardless of age, gender, sexual orientation, disability, addiction or criminal background. “We will meet guests where they are and walk alongside them on their faith journey,” she notes.
While an exact date has not been set for the grand opening, Groendyke hopes everyone will stop by to see the store once its doors open. “From the quality of the product to the amazing staff, it will be an experience you are sure to enjoy,” she says. “In addition, you can rest assured that your purchases and donations are going toward a worthwhile, local cause right here in the greater Grand Rapids area.”