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Blue Ridge Humane Society Thrift Store floods, temporarily closed

A Hendersonville Thrift store that operates solely to help fund operations of the The Blue Ridge Humane Society was forced to temporarily close this week after a pipe broke in the back area of the store’s stock room. (Photo credit: WLOS Staff)

A Hendersonville Thrift store that operates solely to help fund operations of the The Blue Ridge Humane Society was forced to temporarily close this week after a pipe broke in the back area of the store’s stock room.

“This is where it started,” said Terri Thompson, a manager who was called Saturday night with news of the emergency. “It was a pipe underneath the sink, but we don’t think it was weather related.”

About an inch of water spilled out across much of the showroom floor and stock room. The floorboards have all been pulled to ensure no mold develops from the moisture. The store has multiple de-humidifiers plugged in to dry the building out.

In the meantime, Thompson and the store’s staff want to get word out that the operation is still able to take donations and need them. The weeks before Christmas are a key time for revenue for the store, which is the largest piece of the funding pie for the humane society facility.

“For us to be shut down means for a week, we’re not getting in funds that will help with microchip, and spay, neutering, and ER surgeries and things like that for the animals,” Thompson said.

Thompson said the store is able to bring in thousands of dollars a week in revenue. She hopes to have it open by Saturday, but encourages customers who wish to help to bring donations, food for animals, and donations for the store to be sorted and put out when it re-opens.

The store has a very loyal following and has operated for decades.

“We appreciate the support of our customers so much," Thompson said.

Blue Ridge Humane Society Thrift Store is located at 1214 Greenville Highway in Hendersonville. Phone: (828) 692-3503.

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