Franklin thrift store serving special-needs community to close permanently at end of June

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Our Thrift Store

Dave Krikac founded the GEAR Foundation and Our Thrift Store 15 years ago to provide job training and educational support to the special-needs community in Franklin.

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.

The store is posting sale details on its Facebook and Instagram accounts and invites the community to stop in between now and its closure at the end of June.

For more information, visit ourthriftstore.org.

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Biscuit

This should be an embarrassment to the City of Franklin by not giving this organization a waiver of the zoning regulations to build by Academy Park. Every time a developer comes to the Board and wants a waiver of the regulations it is given. This organization that helps people that are challenged and underprivileged could not get the same courtesy. This Board constantly talks about low income housing and such but does nothing but put roadblocks in the way for them.

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