last chance thrist store
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Palm Harbor, FL

#1 Jan 12, 2007

Pinellas Park, FL

#2 Jan 16, 2007
I have no idea. They need to reopen.

Saint Petersburg, FL

#3 Jan 17, 2007
I drove by there Monday and there's still stuff inside, some donated furniture outside, but the closed sign is on the door. No notices from any official entity, and the phone still works (just rings and rings, but not disconnected) so I don't think they were closed down by anyone. Anyone know what day they were last open? I've been calling since Sunday 1/14 with no answer.

Spring Hill, FL

#4 Jan 17, 2007
I've been going there for 16 years and I miss them! The open and closed numbers on the door are off and it says closed on the door but the gate is open and all the stuff is still inside. It is like everyone disappeared! PLEASE RE OPEN!

Pisgah, AL

#5 Jan 17, 2007
there has to be a reason my sister said the cops were there the other day i wish they would say something we deserve a reason why

Saint Petersburg, FL

#6 Jan 21, 2007
I've been calling daily since Jan 14th, and the phone just rings - no one answers (or it's busy because someone else is calling too). I actually thought about calling the police in case someone was inside - that's how weird it looks when you drive by. But since there are no cars at all parked anywhere on the lot, I figured there probably wasn't anyone inside to worry about. And I don't usually think things like that.

Saint Petersburg, FL

#7 Jan 23, 2007
My husband and I were 2 of the first customers when Last Chance originally opened. We deserve an explanation. Searched news regarding Bill, the owner and Sam, a former manager but nothing found. Only an article regarding a man exposing himself in the store to an 11 year old girl, in January but nothing else?? We deserve an explanation.

Saint Petersburg, FL

#8 Jan 23, 2007
I looked up the corportion and noticed that they'd had a change of officers last June, and that the registered agent had resigned. Also notice the corporation was noted as in active, but that's often because the company doesn't make the annual report filing in May (not that uncommon). Couldn't find out anything else.

Sun City Center, FL

#9 Jan 23, 2007
I stopped by today and it said "notice to pay rent or vacate' and there was a lien notice on the door....... I am very upset

Sun City Center, FL

#10 Jan 23, 2007
Anyone that finds out info should definitly post please....i will be checking back.......
*All the donation trucks are gone too!??*

Sun City Center, FL

#11 Jan 24, 2007
I looked the business online and evidently the IRS has a lien on the business.... I found it in public records

Tampa, FL

#12 Jan 26, 2007
I can tell you that the last chance is not going to reopen. I was employed by them for many years and we were all termanated on the 3rd of the month.
I can't give any more details except to say that they won't reopen

Palmetto, FL

#13 Jan 26, 2007
I loved the Last Chance and shopped there weekly. As much as I loved shopping there, I feel terrible for all the hard working people who worked there and made it a great place to thrift. Now they are all out of work and it was not their fault but the fault of the management that caused the closing. I'm sorry to hear the store won't be reopened.

Davenport, FL

#14 Jan 27, 2007
From what I understand, Last Chance was there to support not the employees but a Vietnam Veterans organization. I grieve the loss of well deserved benefits these veterans realised. As far as the customer goes, this thrift provided clothing and other items to the less fortunate in Pinellas / Pasco County. Here is another incident of possibly the rich developers hiding behind dirty lawyers to grab land and deny resources to the poor. Why hasn't the St Pete Times stepped in and investigated? They did do an article on the store December 23, 2002, written by Kelly Brice. Anyway, I will miss the store as a source of inexpensive entertainment items for my children. I suppose the few other area thrifts may raise prices now. Ellis Prewitt, Dunedin, Florida

Tampa, FL

#15 Jan 27, 2007
Yes the store was supposed to support the Vietnam Veterans Organization, but as far as the employees as with any charity, the employees must be paid. The drivers,who put in 8 hour days, and the solicitors, who called over 400 people per day and the people who worked in the store. I don't think anyone would do it for free, most charities pay their employees and have volunteers to help out also. The store benefited many underprivileged people in the area because of their low prices, also the workers, will miss the pay most of them are in low income situations also. Also the rent had to be paid on the building plus repair and fuel for the trucks. Also phones and utilities, the charity itself recieved its part. Unfortunately, there is no free ride. The store will be missed.
shopping from Clwr

Saint Petersburg, FL

#16 Jan 31, 2007
I couldn't believe it ! Friends told me they'd seen police there and store had "been closed down".
Wish someone would call newspaper or tv reporter to investigate what's going on. MORE IMPORTANTLY... get another store going with the same wonderful people and prices.

Weslaco, TX

#17 Jan 31, 2007
I went to the store one weekend and on the door it said it was closed for tax reasons...This really stinks because I loved that store. Plus what are they going to do with all the stuff left in the store. I wonder if they are going to have a last sale or something. Maybe an auction?
Home With A Heart

Brandon, FL

#19 Feb 7, 2007
Ok, HWH was curious too... since we often donated our overflow retail items. So says it was For Profit Corp, charity search reveals no such organization. Does anyone know exactly which Veteran Organization last chance contributed too? Maybe they can help with some answers... Also,does anyone know if the tax issues where Federal, State, Local or all...

San Francisco, CA

#20 Feb 17, 2007
I can't believe its gone! I missed the last sale weekend and could cry!!!

Even though I'm 3000 miles away I STILL think of LC for my Sunday fix...

Bradenton, FL

#21 Feb 18, 2007
Last chance will be reopening soon under new management. Previous employees should keep checking this site for more info on who to contact. They will be hired back if posible. This should all happen within the next 30 or 45 days. For all those loyal customers there will be a sign at the store soon announcing the reopening date.

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