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Popular Shelby thrift store finds new home

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SHELBY, NC (WBTV) -

Crossroads Rescue Mission, a ministry that helps men conquer drug and alcohol addictions, has found a new home for its popular thrift store.

Sales from the thrift store support the Bible-based ministry, which houses dozens of men from all over the country.

Last year, the leaders of Crossroads were told they would have to move the store. For several years, Lowe's Home Improvement had allowed Crossroads to use its empty 70,000 square foot space for free. Then, Lowe's learned its lease was ending and would not be renewed.

Crossroads had until this month to find a new home for its store.

The new store will be located inside a large, blue warehouse off South Post Road at the intersection of Sulphur Springs Road. It's a bit of a fixer-upper, but for $36,000 a year, the price is right.

Rocky Shelton founded the Rescue Mission after conquering his own addictions years ago. He says his wife gave him a Bible while he was in jail for armed robbery, and he never looked back. The thrift shop funds about 60 percent of what it takes the run the mission, so it was very important to the shelter's residents to find a new location quickly.

"All of them are rejoicing in the faithfulness of God," said Shelton. "This morning I was preaching on that, actually, and we just had a wonderful time because He has opened doors for us, and it's just great."

It will take a few more weeks to get the new store set up. Crossroads hopes to open it to the public as early as February 28.

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