After a long search for a new property, Our Thrift Store in Franklin will close at the end of June.
Dave Krikac — the founder of the Gear Foundation, the parent company of Our Thrift Store — announced the plans to close on social media Friday.
"We knew going into this year that we'd be facing the end of our lease in June, and after searching for well over a year in the community for property, we've come up empty," Krikac said in a video. "After much consideration and prayer, we've made the decision to liquidate the store and prepare for what the Lord has for us in this next season."
Our Thrift Store is a nonprofit organization that uses a commercial business model to fund job training and employment for adults with disabilities in the community. The store employs 25 adults with disabilities and 25 typically developed workers.
"We could run the store with 12 people, maybe 15. Why do we have 50? Because that’s our mission," Krikac said in a previous interview.
Earlier this year, Krikac announced that Williamson County Mayor Rogers Anderson offered to lease a parcel of county land on the corner of Granbury Street and Academy Street in Franklin to the Gear Foundation on which to build a new store. However, the city of Franklin zoned that property for civic and institutional use and ruled that Our Thrift Store best fit into a commercial zoning and could not build on the property.
After searching the city for other viable options that were accessible via public transportation and close to the community its workers have served for 15 years, no appropriate properties presented themselves.
"We'll continue looking for our next opportunity to keep advocating for adults with special needs, and we would covet your prayers in this time of uncertainty," Krikac said.
For more information, visit ourthriftstore.org.