Hillcrest Platte County opened a new store in the southern part of the county earlier this year, but the need to help out the community was still there.
That is what led to the opening of the Hillcrest Platte County Clearance Store in a very familiar location — 6520 NW Prairie View Road in Kansas City.
That is the address of the old Hillcrest Platte County location that was used until the non-profit opened a new location at 6501 N. Cosby in Kansas City in February.
The repurposing of the old location was aimed to help those families struggling financially by offering clearance pricing on clothing, shoes and furniture.
Like the other two stores, the proceeds from this thrift store will go toward funding HPC’s mission.
“We got a lot of excess donations coming in,” said Lou Warner, Director of Thrift Services. “We are busting at the seams and we are really blessed to take the donations. We needed a way to offer that to the public and we primarily are trying to better meet the needs of the struggling families in the area that can’t even afford thrift-store pricing.”
Warner said the store will have shoes and clothing for $1 to $2 and there will even be items less than a dollar. There will even be furniture available in the $5 to $10 range.
Another change for this location will be partnering with The Day of Hope to give one free clothing item per household member in the outlet store, similar to a program that is in Platte City.
The store is open to the public Tuesday-Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday. There are two full-time and two part-time employees at the new location.
“We are excited about,” Warner said. “We feel it’s a service that needs to happen. We are doing a lot of great things. I think just covering one more small segment of the population that needs additional help. From the feedback, the No. 1 need for those impoverished is outgrowing clothes all the time.”