Four months after moving into a new Family Store that more than doubled available floor space, Salvation Army Hannibal Family Store Manager Melissa Kurz was beaming during the location's first Customer Appreciation Day on Thursday, May 17 at 200 Steamboat Bend Shopping Center.

Four months after moving into a new Family Store that more than doubled available floor space, Salvation Army Hannibal Family Store Manager Melissa Kurz was beaming during the location's first Customer Appreciation Day on Thursday, May 17 at 200 Steamboat Bend Shopping Center.

The Hannibal Salvation Army has served up hot dogs, beverages, sides and treats for Customer Service Days in past years at the store's former Broadway location — but this is the first time the celebration took place at the new store. Kurz said the new store more than doubled the floor space available, and the family service and food pantry are on site. Additionally, parking has expanded for customers, and store hours have changed to include Saturdays — from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

All of the clothing is now arranged by sizes to make shopping easier for customers, Kurz said, and she stressed that all of the sales and donations go back toward programs like Salvation Army family services. And she was happy for the chance to show gratitude to everyone who helps make Salvation Army programs possible.

“It's really nice getting to show our customers and our donors how much we appreciate them, and we wouldn't be here if it wasn't for them,” Kurz said. “Everything this store raises and does to pay the overhead so our family services can be here. It all goes back to our community here in Hannibal.”

The bell rang with a donation, and Kurz smiled as she welcomed customers coming in the front door. As the word gets around in Hannibal about the new, larger location, Kurz said opportunities would continue to open up.

“We can only grow from here,” she said.

For more information about the Hannibal Salvation Army Family Store, call 573-248-8008.

Reach reporter Trevor McDonald at trevor.mcdonald@courierpost.com