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Value Village closes Federal Way store

Mirror staff

The Value Village store in Federal Way, low on shoppers and smaller than the company likes, has closed.

Tahe last day in business was June 12 for the store that opened in 1986. It offered clothing, home items and other recycled merchandise.

The store’s 28 employees have been “encouraged” to seek positions at other stores in the Bellevue-based Value Village chain, said company spokeswoman Gina Cohen.

Insufficient business (“It’s not getting shopped as much”) and its location at 32945 Pacific Hwy. S. led to the closure, Cohen said. She noted it’s one of the smallest Value Village outlets, and the company is moving toward larger stores.

A Value Village opened in Kent last year as part of the company’s acquisition of the former Shop and Save thrift store chain.

Value Village, now in its 50th year, has more than 190 locations. The first one was in San Francisco, Calif. The first Washington stores opened in 1970, and the empire now stretches to 25 states, Canada and Australia.

Cohen said the presence of a large Goodwill thrift store and the recent opening by Deseret Industries of another thrift store, both nearby, didn’t contribute to the closure of Value Village’s Federal Way store –– the first shutdown of any Value Village store in at least a year.

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