January 27, 2012
For more information, contact: Michele Talwani – 603.641.9441 ext.239

PHOTO: LOCAL BUSINESSES SHOW THEIR SUPPORT. Representatives from Families in Transition – New Horizons, a Manchester and Concord-based homeless services provider, and local businesses gathered Thursday morning to celebrate the opening of the new OutFITters Thrift Store Boutique. Pictured in the Boutique are representatives from the businesses that helped to fund the expansion. From left to right Shawna DeFrancesco, Karen Wilson, and Mary Beth S. White from Laconia Savings Bank; Chris Dolloff, Cityside Management Corporation; Maureen Beauregard, Families in Transition – New Horizons; Kathy Bogle Shields, NH Community Development Finance Authority; Kathleen Reardon and Christine Grenier from Citizens Bank.

Store hosts open house to recognize businesses that funded its expansion

CONCORD, NH – The OutFITters Thrift Store Boutique, which has expanded and moved to a new location on 20 South Main Street in Concord, NH, celebrated its recent opening with a “Supporter Open House” on Thursday, January 26. The open house recognized local businesses that helped fund the store’s expansion.

During the open house, attendees shopped the store’s large selection of upscale new and gently used women’s, men’s and children’s clothing, furniture, housewares and books. Proceeds from the store help fund the work of Families in Transition – New Horizons (FIT), a Manchester and Concord-based homeless services provider.

Cityside Management Corporation, which made both the first and final major donations to benefit the OutFITters Thrift Store Boutique’s move and expansion, was recognized as a leader in the project. Chris Dolloff, President and CEO of Cityside, expressed his pride in the project and cited the passion of Families in Transition – New Horizons President Maureen Beauregard as one of the main reasons why Cityside decided to invest in the new store. Matt Leahy from Senator Jeanne Shaheen’s office was also in attendance to read a letter from the Senator congratulating Families in Transition – New Horizons on the store opening.

In addition to Cityside Management Corporation, the following area businesses also generously donated through the Community Development Finance Authority’s Tax Credit Program: Anagnost Investments, Inc.; Grappone Automotive Group; Merrimack County Savings Bank; MTS Services; Northern Elastomeric Inc.; People’s United Bank; Laconia Savings Bank; Northway Bank; Checkmate Workforce Management Solutions; Foothills Physical Therapy and Peter Brankman CPA. A grant from Citizens Bank Foundation was also awarded for the project.

For more information about the new store, including hours and how to donate new and gently used items, visit www.outfittersnh.org. The OutFITters Thrift Store also has a flagship location at 394 Second Street in Manchester

Families in Transition – New Horizons is a nonprofit organization that provides safe, affordable housing and comprehensive social services to individuals and families who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless, enabling them to gain self-sufficiency and respect. FIT also owns and operates two thrift stores in Manchester and Concord, NH, as well as a newly established commercial cleaning company, all of which serve as economic engines to help pay for services that FIT provides. For more information about FIT, the stores, and the commercial cleaning company visit www.fitnh.org or call 603-641-9441.


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