The Port Arthur News
PORT ARTHUR —
Shards of glass and shattered windows covered by wood are the remnants left behind after a vehicle crashed into The Attic Crossing resale shop Friday night.
The shop, which is located at 3301 Medical Triangle Drive near the corner of 32nd Street and Lombardy Drive, is temporarily closed for repairs and its future is uncertain. The Attic Crossing is one of three resale shops operated by the United Board of Missions. Proceeds from sales of donated items go back to the UBM to assist the needy.
“We can’t sell these clothing because they are so full of glass, it would be a danger to try and sell them,” Mae Terro, executive director of the UBM, said.
The sale of clothing amounts to about 50 percent of the shops sales. Terro said a large display of jewelry was also damaged and lost and glass shards were strewn as far as the back wall of the building. All of the displays at the front of the store were lost as well.
Numerous shoppers, many of whom are regular customers, were turned away on Monday upon seeing a small sign on the front door.
Terro worries about the impact the closure has on the community.
“We have insurance but if the damage exceeds what the insurance will pay ...,” she said adding that they are currently in the process of getting bids for repairs and awaiting an insurance adjuster. She hopes there is no structural damage to the building which would make the repairs even more costly besides the loss of the donated items.
The store was opened after Hurricane Rita destroyed their previous location on Jefferson Drive in 2005. Since then, the current building has been hit by cars three times but none as serious as this most recent one.
“The bad part of this is the time of the year it occurred,” she said. “Customers are coming here to shop for Christmas and a lot of ladies purchase clothes to wear to church. We try to keep things so they can buy Christmas presents at an inexpensive price. I worry about the impact on us because our income goes to help others as well as the impact on the customers in the area and our employees.”
The Attic Crossing has two full time employees and one half-time employee.
She said it would be difficult to accurately estimate the dollar amount of merchandise lost because all items are donated.
The UBM is a coalition of more than 50 churches and volunteers who provide support programs to assist resident of Mid-and South Jefferson County, according to the website.