JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Abilities Unlimited has been serving the Jonesboro community for decades and the store's décor was beginning to show it.
Now it's out with the old to make way for the new.
In less than 24 hours, the front of the Abilities Unlimited Thrift Store on Union Street in downtown Jonesboro was been emptied out and moved to the back to make room for major renovations.
"We have been in the community for 50 years and we are so proud to serve the citizens of Jonesboro with our thrift store and our upscale boutique," Heather Holmes with AU told Region 8 News. "But it was time for a renovation."
Renovations began just Tuesday morning and though a dent was made in the progress, Holmes said there is still a lot of work ahead.
"Flooring, lighting the walls. You name it. It's a total facelift from top to bottom," Holmes said. "In a couple of weeks, you're gonna see a totally new store in Downtown Jonesboro."
Holmes said the local organization is doing what they can to better serve Jonesboro. Not only will the upgrades benefit citizens but so will the renovation process.
"We're using local companies. AR Construction, PF Plumbing and Remodeling and Holmes Tile and Marble have just been super to us, so we want to keep it local, we want to break that trend and stay local because this gives people in Jonesboro a job opportunity."
One of the best things about the renovations taking place is that the thrift store will remain open throughout the entire process.
"The front doors will be open but that's for our contractors coming and going so if you don't mind, we've got signage that will point you to the side of the building and one of our friendly staff members will greet you and help you find anything."
Renovation will take place in phases. Once the front of the store is renovated, contractors will renovated the mid-section of AU.
Renovations are also taking place at the apartment for AU clients.
Holmes said funding for the renovations will come from AU's budget.