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The Gathering Place Church to open thrift shop in Lodi today

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Posted: Monday, April 18, 2011 12:00 am | Updated: 7:47 am, Mon Apr 18, 2011.

A Galt church that recently expanded into Stockton will now call Lodi the home of its new thrift shop to help the homeless, the needy and at-risk young people.

City Thrift will open at 9 a.m. today at 700 E. Pine St., where the California Department of Motor Vehicles used to be.

"The reason for City Thrift is simple. The Gathering Place Church provides groceries to area families, feeds the homeless and helps at-risk young adults re-establish their lives, as well as many other things," said Deanna Brand, whose husband, Larry, is pastor. "City Thrift will now provide more funds for us to meet area needs and give more than ever."

The City Thrift building will also be used for the church's "love center" food bank for the Lodi area. Families and individuals will be able to get groceries and other help at the Pine Street location.

"For several years now, we have been actively looking into buildings to rent so that we could open a thrift store," Deanna Brand said in an email. "We needed a great location and within our budget. As time passed, we knew it was all in God's timing. Excited is an understatement."

The store will be open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 or 4:30 p.m., depending on when business slows down. An official grand opening, including a barbecue, will be held in mid-May.

For more information, call 333-1908.

Contact reporter Ross Farrow at rossf@lodinews.com.

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