Photo by Kelly White
The move of Neat Repeats resale shop had taken place a few months ago, but the official grand opening at its new location in Worth took place last Thursday.
The new location, 6602 W. 111th St., is located just down the street from the old resale shop, previously at 7026 W. 111th St.
“We wanted to keep the store in the area,” said Chris Beele, director for Neat Repeats. “We have a strong bond with the community.”
“Worth is my home,” said Doreen Holford, the regional manager for Neat Repeats.
Holford started out as a volunteer at the Worth location 18 years ago. Today, she has joined more than 200 dedicated men and women who have generously donated their time to keep the shops alive. Another Neat Repeats resale shop is in Orland Park.
A soft opening was held in December, but store owners decided to hold a larger grand opening in conjunction with the month of April, which honors National Volunteer Appreciation.
The event last Thursday featured a ribbon-tying, instead of the traditional ribbon-cutting ceremony. On hand for the ceremony was Worth village officials, including Worth Mayor Mary Werner, who donates to the shop.
The purpose of the ribbon-tying was to tie the store to the village of Worth, according to Neat Repeats staff.
“The special ribbon-tying ceremony was done to display the strong bond between our organization and the Village of Worth that has lasted over 30 years,” said Jay Capron, marketing and communication director for the Crisis Center for South Suburbia. “This was a great way to recognize the hard work and dedication of our volunteers and to showcase our beautiful new store in Worth.”
The volunteer-run shops, in both Worth and Orland Park, are owned and operated by the Crisis Center for South Suburbia, and all revenues from the shops provide funding for the Crisis Center for South Suburbia, which offers services for survivors of domestic violence.
“The grand opening is another way to say thank you to all the supporters in the community as well as all of our past and present volunteers,” Holford said. “The volunteers have made this move to a bigger space with such a positive attitude. I am humbled and proud to be a representative of such hard-working staff and volunteers.”
The staff agreed with Holford, including Donna Zidek, the Worth store manager.
“I am very thankful for all of our volunteers,” said Zidek, of Orland Park, said. “It’s so wonderful that we are able to share this with so many people.”
The new building is almost double in size from the previous location with 7,200 square feet. It also has a much larger parking lot for customers and employees.
“One of the most common complaints we received from our previous location was the lack of parking,” Capron said. “We have more than twice the amount of parking and floor space at the new location.”
“The majority of the feedback we receive from the new location is that it does not feel like a resale shop at all,” Beele said. “It really holds an upscale boutique atmosphere. That is thanks to the hard work of all of our volunteers.”
The event also featured a special 50 percent off store-wide sale that continued throughout the weekend.
The shops offer a large selection of donated items, consisting of, but not limited to: women’s, junior’s, children’s and men’s clothing along with a variety of household items such as furniture, giftware, toys, books, antiques, collectible, shoes, purses, baby items, and jewelry.
The new Worth location has a donation processing center that makes collecting, sorting and pricing items much easier than before, according to Holford.
Items can be donated at any point throughout the calendar year at both the Worth and Orland Park location, 9020 W. 159th St.