A Farmingdale thrift store is to close Saturday after decades in the community.
Pretty New Thrift Shop has been at its Main Street location for 15 years and in the village for more than 30 years, volunteers said. Officials from the organization that runs the shop said it's been losing money for years and no longer supports the substance abuse and behavioral health programs for which it was intended.
"We are very sad that our thrift shop is coming to end in this location," said Jeffrey Friedman, chief executive of Hicksville-based Central Nassau Guidance & Counseling Services Inc. "We'd love to stay in Farmingdale, but the rents are very high."
Friedman said the thrift shop has been losing money in recent years and though his organization tried, it was unable to work something out with the landlord that would have let them continue.
Landlord Gregory Carman Jr. declined to comment on negotiations with the nonprofit. "They've made a business decision not to be running a thrift store anymore," he said. He said a new tenant would fill the spot but declined to provide details.
Mayor Ralph Ekstrand said village officials would not interfere in the matter. "We're sorry to see them go," Ekstrand said.
Volunteer store manager Ida D'Angelo said they learned the store was closing three weeks ago. D'Angelo, 72, a retired insurance underwriter, said the store had been an important source of clothing and other goods to lower-income residents and immigrants. "We helped people, that was a great feeling," D'Angelo said.
Much of the inventory is being given away and what is left will be donated to the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization, D'Angelo said.