Jimmie Hale abandons plans for thrift store in Vestavia - WBRC FOX6 News - Birmingham, AL

Jimmie Hale abandons plans for thrift store in Vestavia

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - The Jimmie Hale Mission announced Tuesday it will not seek to put a thrift store in Vestavia Hills, just weeks after the city council voted against the plan.

The board of directors for the Jimmie Hale Mission told FOX6 News Tuesday afternoon it had decided not to pursue the project. The board made the decision after weighing the option of appealing the city council's decision.

The Vestavia Hills City Council voted 3-1 on Jan. 24 to deny the Jimmie Hale Mission from opening a thrift store on Highway 31. The decision was made after a three-hour debate and sparked lots of comments on MyFoxAL.com and the FOX6 News Facebook page from people both for and against the project.

During the meeting, supporters of the idea said the proposed thrift store would bring sales tax income to the city and fill a building that had been vacant for three years. Those who opposed the new business plan shared their concerns by showing pictures of the ministry's thrift stores in Pinson and Eastwood, saying the donations crowd the parking lot and could draw unwanted attention.

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