St. Albans – Our thrift stores in Pittsfield and Skowhegan will close on March 13, 2016.
“We have struggled for years to make the thrift stores break even,” said CEO Tom Davis. “This is not the fault of store employees who have been terrific. It is simply a matter of increased competition and a changing environment for these sorts of stores.” Closing the thrift stores will result in the layoff of 16 employees.
Davis said, “SKILLS, Inc. will do everything possible to assist employees who are affected by these changes to obtain alternative employment in other SKILLS, Inc. programs and elsewhere.”
SKILLS, Inc. is a nonprofit organization that provides services to people with intellectual disabilities in central Maine. Services include residential, day activities, and employment services. We employ more than 280 staff and provides service to approximately 200 individuals on daily basis.
Our Waterville thrift store closed in February 2015. With the closure of the Skowhegan and Pittsfield thrift stores, we will no longer have any thrift stores in operation.