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A New Opportunity for an old General Store

April 18, 2018 GMT

Adults who are developmentally disabled can make a living at a longtime North Platte thrift store, working for the North Platte Opportunity Center.

They sort donations, price products and hang up clothes. One woman loves decorating and uses her time merchandising the store to look welcoming. A man spends his shift at the cash register. Proceeds from the shop go back to the Opportunity Center.

On Monday, A New Opportunity, formerly known as the General Store, reopened its doors at 1616 W. Front St. It had been closed since Dec. 26 for much-needed repairs, said Tracee Allen, direct support professional with the North Platte Opportunity Center.

The Opportunity Center’s maintenance man and others installed new floors, took out carpet and painted the shop. They added a fitting room. They reorganized the products, so that they’d be easier to find and keep up with modern styles, Allen said.

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“We wanted to be able to actually come in and shop,” Allen said.

Staff at the Opportunity Center re-donated some of the store’s products to The Salvation Army Family Store and the Thrift Connection.

The Opportunity Center has been in North Platte since 1955, and the thrift store has existed for more than 30 years, Allen said. The store’s hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.