The Community Action Center of Northfield (CAC), a nonprofit committed to meeting the basic needs of families in transition throughout the Northfield area, has relocated its Clothes Closet storefront to downtown Northfield. The space, located at 600 Water Street South in the River Park Mall, is now open and features expanded donation and shopping hours: Monday–Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
The Clothes Closet, which offers gently used clothing, shoes, household goods, linens, toys and books, provides clothing and other necessities free of charge to more than 400 families in need each year and offers value-priced goods to the entire Northfield community. One-hundred percent of sale proceeds benefit the programs of the CAC, which serve Northfield’s neighbors in need.
Community Action Center Executive Director Jim Blaha said, “We’re very happy to be downtown. This is a move that all of Northfield can celebrate – the new space provides convenient access for shoppers and donors, allows us to accommodate more merchandise to meet increased demand, and brings new life to a downtown storefront that has been vacant for quite some time.”
The Clothes Closet’s new space, which previously housed Mr. Movies, is more than double the size of its former location. Completed renovations provide a welcoming atmosphere, featuring wider aisles, larger dressing rooms and expanded display areas.
Judy Bickel, program director at the Community Action Center and a coordinator of construction efforts, said, “A move of this size, and in such a short timeframe, was made possible through the extraordinary efforts of our volunteers. Construction was completed on time; the interior took shape faster than we could have imagined; and merchandise was transported, sorted and put out for display in short order. The opening of the new Clothes Closet marks a great chapter in the CAC’s mission to facilitate neighbors helping neighbors.”
Blaha continued, “The Clothes Closet has been an essential program of the Northfield area for more than 45 years. It’s grown with the community to accommodate the needs and interests of the time and I really can’t think of a better location to house such an important program. Donors and shoppers alike have made this a store with an extraordinary capacity for good – helping our neighbors who are most in need and providing financial support for all of the important programs the CAC offers.”
Since its founding, the Clothes Closet has relied exclusively on the goodwill of Northfield residents who donate gently used goods to the store. Donations are accepted during regular business hours, Monday–Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Residents are encouraged to consider donating clean, gently used clothing and household goods, especially linens, shoes and jewelry, which are always in high demand.