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Deseret Industries begins reopening stores, accepting limited donations

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Posted at 4:13 PM, Jun 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-02 18:13:09-04

SALT LAKE CITY — Some Deseret Industries stores are reopening this month, and more reopenings are to be announced.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints operates dozens of DI thrift stores in Arizona, California, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Utah and Washington.

The reopening dates for the store in Washington and the five stores in California are to be announced. The rest of DI's locations will tentatively open by June 16, some as early as Tuesday. Scroll down for the full list of tentative reopening dates.

According to the Latter-day Saint church, all of DI's locations closed on March 17 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but its employees have continued to be paid.

"Some staff members and a few associates have been able to work at bishops’ storehouse locations and at Deseret Manufacturing. Job coaches and development counselors reached out to associates to help them make progress on their goals. Additionally, some locations in Utah have been involved in Project Protect, the initiative to provide 5 million masks to health care workers," a news release from the Latter-day Saint church said.

The company, which sells donated items and some new items, expects an influx of donations as the stores begin to reopen. As stores begin to reopen, DI will accept donations by appointment only and through a "touchless" process.

Donated items will then be quarantined before they can be stocked.

Click here for further details on Deseret Industries' reopening plans.

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