Commissioners to hear sides of Madison Thrift Shop Project
Monday night, both sides of the Madison Community Thrift Store Project will speak in front of City Commissioners.
There are eight members on the project's steering committee that wants to put a community thrift store in the downtown district. Through education, they hope to spread the word about their nonprofit-run store idea that will generate money back into the local community.
Supporters say the thrift store concept may be new to Madison but it's been a trend growing in cities across South Dakota and claim it's a good time to bring it into Madison.
We also talked with those who oppose which include owners of several consignment shops in town claiming a new thrift store would take away their profits.
The steering committee says that's not their intention and claim a thrift store would benefit the entire local community.
"I think there's plenty of room for everyone. It would improve traffic on Main Street and it might be good for their business, competition sometimes brings more customers," steering committee leader lark Sinclair said.
The group also hopes to push the idea of sprucing up downtown to bring in more customers and business into Madison, in general.
The commission meeting begins in Madison at 5:30 p.m., Monday.