Dozens of people lined up outside a San Fernando Road building Thursday morning as a familiar face returned to the Glendale retail scene.
The Salvation Army opened a new thrift store in south Glendale, about two years after closing a Brand Boulevard shop. The new store breathes life into a site abandoned by Smart & Final warehouse stores when that chain opened a store on Glenoaks Boulevard.
Opening day brought Glendale Chamber of Commerce ambassadors, shoppers and treasure hunters to the Salvation Army at 6850 San Fernando Road.
"I'm just interested in these types of places, and I'm interested in giving back to the community," Eric Swain said as he waited for the doors to open.
Linda Alvarado pushed a stroller holding her daughter, Jennifer Garcia, the two blocks from her home to make opening day.
"I need clothes for my kids," said Alvarado, a mother or five.
Major Mark Nelson, the Salvation Army official overseeing the store, said the charitable agency recently closed its North Hollywood location and signed a five-year lease in Glendale. Proceeds from the store benefit the 120-bed Pasadena Adult Rehabilitation Center, which serves Glendale and Burbank.