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Abba House closing thrift store
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Krysti Belflower hangs clothing on racks Tuesday at the Abba House thrift store at Hammond’s Crossing. - photo by Emily Saunders

Just last week Abba House announced it is closing its Ga. 400 thrift store location this fall and will be moving on to another industry – but exactly what that industry will be has yet to be announced, according to President and Co-Founder Chris Sharp.

“I want to first have a contract before I go too public,” Sharp said Monday.

Abba House, which has a thrift store location at 243 Stowers Road East in Dawsonville as well as at 6800 Dahlonega Highway in Silver City, has begun liquidating items at both stores.

Beginning July 1, Abba House will no longer accept donations at either location, except for large furniture and appliances. Pickups of large furniture and appliances will continue until Sept. 30, and the Ga. 400 store will be closing on Oct. 31.

Liquidation at the Silver City location will run through June 20.

Abba House was established by Jim and Chris Sharp in 2000 and is a residential treatment facility for women located at the Dawson and Forsyth County line. The focus is on women who suffer from life-controlling issues such as addiction, mental health disorders, abuse and more.

The program is a minimum of 15 months and focuses on helping the women make life changes, recover and learn life skills in a safe, faith-based environment.

In 2002, Abba House opened its first thrift store in Silver City, which has since grown to over 8,400-square feet. In September 2013, Abba House opened the second thrift store, a 25,000-square foot facility at the corner of Ga. 400 and Hwy. 136.

The thrift stores provide more than 40 percent of the overall operating cost of the ministry and the women in the program hold various positions of leadership at the stores to learn management and other real-world job skills.

For more information about Abba House or to volunteer, call (678) 208-2000 or visit www.abbahouse.com.