Sacks of Belgrade

Sacks of Belgrade on Main Street will close later this month. 

The Belgrade location of Sacks Thrift Stores is closing on July 17 after nearly 25 years in operation.

The local nonprofit sells used clothes, furniture and books and sends the proceeds to the Bozeman Help Center. Rachel Hey-Flattum, a Help Center board member, said in an email she’s thankful for the years of support in Belgrade.

“It was a very heartfelt decision to sell the building and close the store, but we are looking forward to better serving the community and our clients,” Hey-Flattum wrote.

The Bozeman location on Mendenhall Street will stay open. Between July 10 and July 13, Belgrade Sacks will have a closing sale — customers can fill a 10-gallon bag for $1.

The Help Center owned the Belgrade Main Street building that Sacks occupies. Mandy St. Aubyn, communications coordinator for the center, said it’s been for sale for a few years now, and has just sold. The organization decided to keep Sacks open as long as the building was in their possession.

St. Aubyn said the store was no longer making more money that it costs to stay open. “As a nonprofit, we can’t be losing money,” she said.

The store’s employees have been offered jobs at the Bozeman location.

Belgrade city planner Jason Carp said no plans have been made for the Sack’s building.

The Help Center is a 24-hour crisis hotline and referral service. It supports the Sexual Assault Counseling Center, the Child Advocacy Center and Hearts and Homes. According to an annual report, the help center in 2018 completed 1,045 suicide risk screenings, gave 3,722 crisis resource referrals and had 385 in-person counseling sessions.

The center pays for its services primarily using Sacks profits.

“(The Belgrade location closing) will impact the help center funding in the long run,” St. Aubyn said.

The center also holds fundraisers throughout the year and collects donations at bozemanhelpcenter.org/donations to pay for its programs.

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