About a hundred people were waiting in line this morning for the opening of the new Salvation Army Thrift Store located at 3900 Alpine Ave, former home of the Best Buy Store. Before they could enter the store, they were treated to a performance by the Salvation Army's brass band, and a ribbon cutting ceremony sponsored by the Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce There were plenty of Salvation Army dignitaries on hand as well as representation fro the Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce and Alpine Township. The store will be a great addition to Alpine Township, both as a retail outlet as well as a mission. Rumor has it that the Salvation Army will soon have a neighbor occupying the other half of the large facility.
|A Brass Band Entertained the Crowd|
|Part of waiting crowd|
|Alpine Township Clerk Jean Wahlfield and Planner Sue Thomas were on hand for the celebration|
|Township Supervisor Alex Arends welcoming the Salvation to Alpine Township|
Major Thomas Bowers, Division Commander of the West Michigan Northern Indiana Division of the Salvation Army cutting the ribbon