Crowds cel­e­brate De­seret In­dus­tries open­ing

Serve Daily - - FRONT PAGE - By Christi C. Bab­bitt

With the sounds of the Springville High School March­ing Band and the snip of a rib­bon by Miss Hob­ble Creek 2016 Kte Keetch, Utah’s new­est De­seret In­dus­tries store opened Oct. 27 in west Springville.

Hun­dreds lined up to be the first shop­pers in the thrift store and en­joy open­ing fes­tiv­i­ties that in­cluded mu­sic, an ap­pear­ance by Brigham Young Univer­sity’s Cosmo the Cougar and free tote bags. An of­fi­cial ded­i­ca­tion cer­e­mony was held for the fa­cil­ity on the evening of Oct. 26.

Items were col­lected from other De­seret In­dus­tries thrift stores to stock the new Springville lo­ca­tion for its open­ing. Semi trail­ers were also filled with mer­chan­dise and parked be­hind the store so shelves could be re­stocked as they were emp­tied.

De­seret In­dus­tries, which in­cludes both thrift store op­er­a­tions and em­ploy­ment train­ing, is a non­profit pro­gram owned and op­er­ated by The Church of Je­sus Christ of Lat­ter-day Saints. The new Springville DI store has been highly an­tic­i­pated by res­i­dents of south­ern Utah County who have had to drive to Provo or Amer­i­can Fork to do­nate items or shop at the pop­u­lar thrift store. The Springville lo­ca­tion is the 21st De­seret In­dus­tries store in Utah and the 43rd over­all. At nearly 50,000 square feet, the Springville DI is con­sid­ered one of DI’s large stores and is sim­i­lar in size to the Amer­i­can Fork DI, said Brooke Yates, mar­ket­ing man­ager for De­seret In­dus­tries.

“We are thrilled to be a part of the Springville com­mu­nity,” Yates said. “We’re re­ally hop­ing we can make a dif­fer­ence and just con­trib­ute to the good­ness we see down here in this com­mu­nity.”

Con­ve­nience was one of the fac­tors go­ing into the de­ci­sion to build the Springville DI, Yates said. The lo­ca­tion is right next to a ma­jor shop­ping area that in­cludes Wal­mart. “We wanted to build a re­ally nice fa­cil­ity to help the com­mu­nity so they could drop off do­na­tions closer,” Yates said.

Lo­cated next to the Springville DI are other LDS ser­vices in­clud­ing a Bishop’s Store­house, which pro­vides food for those in need; a Fam­ily Ser­vices Of­fice, which pro­vides ac­cess to li­censed so­cial work­ers; and an LDS em­ploy­ment cen­ter.

“They’re all wel­fare-type fa­cil­i­ties, and so we kind of call it a wel­fare com­plex,” Yates said.

De­seret In­dus­tries is well known for its re­tail side where peo­ple can shop and find great deals on qual­ity used goods. How­ever, the rea­son the thrift store por­tion ex­ists is so De­seret In­dus­tries can of­fer ca­reer train­ing pro­grams that pro­vide peo­ple with the job skills they need to find reg­u­lar em­ploy­ment, Yates said.

“Our plan is to help them gain the skills that they need to get them in a ca­reer that they want,” she said.

The Springville DI plans to em­ploy 130 to 140 peo­ple in its ca­reer train­ing pro­gram. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit­seretindus­­reers.

Open­ing events con­tin­ued Oct. 28 and 29 with more ap­pear­ances by Cosmo and a free con­cert by mu­si­cal artist James the Mor­mon.

The Oct. 26 ded­i­ca­tion cer­e­mony was presided over by Bishop W. Christopher Wad­dell, sec­ond coun­selor in the Pre­sid­ing Bish­opric of the LDS Church. The cer­e­mony in­cluded re­marks by Stephanie Elia­son, stake Re­lief So­ci­ety pres­i­dent of the Spring Creek Stake in Springville, and Jack Bow­ers, bishop of the Spring Creek 18th Ward. Also speak­ing was Pres­i­dent C. Ar­den Pope III, pres­i­dent of the Spring Creek Stake.

Bishop Wad­dell made his re­marks be­fore say­ing the ded­i­ca­tory prayer.

The Springville De­seret In­dus­tries store will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Mon­days and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tues­day through Satur­day. The store will be closed Sun­days.

Photo by Eric Me­lander

Miss Hob­ble Creek 2016 Kte Keetch, sur­rounded by ex­cited city of­fi­cials, De­seret In­dus­tries em­ploy­ees and res­i­dents, pre­pares to cut the rib­bon to of­fi­cially open the new Springville De­seret In­dus­tries on Oct. 27.

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