The décor and ambiance will make that space feel more like comfortable room settings, according to Madison Avenue president Shawn Dionne.
"We're acquiring quality pre-owned clothing but will have lots of new as well.The same goes for furniture, rugs, artwork and room appointments.It will have a fun atmosphere, to go along with the quality of goods, but the prices will be the most attractive thing customers will see," he
said.The resale industry continues to post impressive gains as more shoppers see it as an attractive alternative to higher-priced chain stores.Dionne
heads a management team consisting of Scott Taylor, Randy Smith, and Roy Maul.
said that Madison Avenue
will be distinct in the Salem marketplace."At one end of the spectrum, you have the larger thrift stores.At the other end, you have the small boutique shops.Madison Avenue
will have the quality and the feel of the boutique experience, but the size and prices that will rival the thrifts.""Two things that the customer will want to know about us," Dionne
added."First, we will immediately begin to take donated as well as consignment goods."Besides clothing, the store will take accessories, women's shoes, furniture, electronics, home décor, music, books and sporting goods.The store has an equally large basement retail area where added bargains will extend wall to wall.The company has a website, too, which is functional but will undergo further development."This is our flagship store," he
continued, "and we anticipate adding additional stores in the Willamette Valley in the near future."Dionne
is working on the store layout and color treatments with architects and designers, some of whom are Salem businesses with experience in new retail openings."The second thing that we're very enthusiastic about is how the company will interact with non-profit service organizations in Salem and Keizer," Dionne
said."In addition to consigned and donated items, we will purchase goods for our store from non-profits.We plan to work with organizations that are providing crucial services in our city, including churches and other organizations involved in transitional housing, employment training, counseling, treatment and other key areas," he
said."Working with these non-profits will mean a major new source of sustainable revenue for them," he
added."Through cooperation, the company anticipates providing about $120,000 a year towards non-profit organizations.This kind of store gives us a unique opportunity to directly benefit the work being done for improving community health.Government cannot support all the needs of society, and I believe we as business people can be part of the support and the creative solutions."The store is slated to open in late May, Dionne