DULUTH - Donations are being accepted for the largest Salvation Army store in the Atlanta area, which will open in Duluth in January.
The Venture Drive location, which was formerly a CompUSA, joins four other Atlanta area stores to provide revenues for the Salvation Army's Atlanta Adult Rehabilitation Center, which helps about 1,000 men each year break the cycle of addiction.
The new manager of the superstore was one of the rehab center clients in 2000.
"God put it in my head that it was time for me to get on a bus and get some help," Sterling Clay said. "I came in with the attitude that I was sick and tired of the way I was and needed to get serious about recovery.
"For the first time in my life, it was time to get honest with myself and get a relationship with God."
Clay has worked with the charity ever since and is looking forward to opening the store.
"I'm really looking forward to seeing something start from the ground and work up," he said. "They have high expectations for this store, and I want to be a part of reaching those goals. They trust me enough to give me this position, and I'm not going to let them down."
The four current Salvation Army stores in metro Atlanta are supplied with an average of two truckloads of donations per day, which comes to an average of 40 home pick-ups per store per day.
"This store will be our largest, so more donations are needed," said Major Roy Ward, director of the rehab center. "We certainly hope that the community will respond to our donations needs. We always seem to succeed."
The store will provide about 25 to 30 jobs for the Duluth and Norcross area, and Ward said the more sales, the more men who can be helped at the rehab center.
"We hope to make our store a real positive influence for the community," Ward said. "We look forward to receiving donations from the community, employing local citizens and being a quality retail outlet that provides value and service."
Donations will be accepted at the store at 3825 Venture Drive in Duluth from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday.