(Delmarvanow.com) -- Low-income residents and bargain hunters in Accomack and Northampton counties will have fewer places to shop this holiday season, after Riverside Hospice on the Eastern Shore announced Tuesday it is closing its three thrift stores at the end of the month.
The last day the stores will be open is Nov. 28. Everything for sale will be marked half off starting Nov. 14.
Twenty-one employees are affected by the stores' closing, according to Riverside spokeswoman Sally Schreiber.
The three stores, in Oak Hall, Onancock and Exmore, were acquired in 2016 when Riverside purchased Hospice and Palliative Care of the Eastern Shore, according to a news release.
The stores were operated, with donated inventory, to provide additional funds for hospice services.
"Regretfully, the thrift stores have not been able to produce sustainable proceeds, and therefore have not been able to support hospice services as they were intended," a news release stated.
Riverside contacted other charities and thrift store operators, but none expressed interest in acquiring the three stores, so the health care organization decided to close them, the release states.
Additional money needed for hospice services now will be requested through the Riverside Foundation rather than income from the stores, according to the release.
Items left after the stores close will be donated to other local and regional thrift stores.
Another popular Eastern Shore thrift store, operated in Tasley by the Foodbank of the Eastern Shore, closed its doors in February 2016 after the organization said it needed the additional space "to grow food distribution while maintaining efficiency and food safety," according to a news release.
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