American Cancer Society will reopen Discovery Shops on May 22

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Select locations: Chardon, Columbus, Akron

Following the current state guidelines for responsible retail reopening, the American Cancer Society Discovery Shops in Chardon, Columbus and Akron will open on May 22. The Toledo shop will open on May 26 and Fairview Park and Cincinnati shops will reopen in June.

The American Cancer Society Discovery Shop program supports the fight against cancer through the sale of high quality, gently used, donated merchandise. Last year, Ohio’s six shops raised $2 million.  Donations are vital to the shops ability to offer a unique resale experience. As the shops reopen, they will be accepting donations during business hours however, appointments are encouraged.

The shops will have temporarily reduced hours for the time being to allow for additional cleaning.

Akron: 1690 W Market St, Akron, OH 44317, (330) 867-5043

Monday-Friday, 10am-4:00pm, Saturday 10:00am-2:00pm

Chardon: 540 Water St., Maple Leaf Plaza, Chardon, OH 44024, (440) 285-4377

Monday-Friday, 10:00am- 4:00pm

Columbus-Franklin: 1198 Kenny Centre Mall, Columbus, OH 43220, (614) 457-4227

Monday, Tuesday, Friday, Saturday, 10:00am-5:00pm, Wednesday, Thursday, 10:00am-8:00pm

The shops have been closed since March 15, ahead of the state’s stay at home order. Prior to closing, enhanced cleaning procedures had been implemented for several weeks to help reduce risk of virus exposure and spread.

“We are excited to welcome shoppers back to support our life saving mission, but the safety of our customers, volunteers and staff always comes first. We have done a thorough cleaning of shops, trained staff and volunteers in strict safety protocol outlined by the CDC, and are taking numerous safety precautions,” said Megan Roether, vice president of business planning and operations for the American Cancer Society.

These precautions include:

  • All staff and volunteers will wear masks; we are requesting all customers to wear them as well.
  • Shops will limit the number of guests permitted in the shops at the same time.
  • Social distancing will be reinforced through signs and indications of distance throughout the shop and checkout areas.
  • Hand sanitizer will be available for public use.
  • Donations are being isolated prior to being processed and placed on the sales floor.

Additionally, shoppers, staff and volunteers are asked to return in 14 days if they have been sick or near someone who has been sick.

Cancer hasn’t stopped, and neither has the American Cancer Society. Throughout the COVID-19 crisis, the American Cancer Society continues to be available, 24/7 as an invaluable resource for providing most accurate, up-to-date COVID-19 information at a time when cancer patients are more vulnerable than ever.

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