This will be the thrift store's second location in Genesee County.

Community Threads of Fenton is expanding to the Flint area - they're taking over the Forever 21 storefront next to Macy's at Genesee Valley Center to open Experience Community Threads.

The owner, Allen Ryckman, partners with the community in his stores by having students in from local schools to learn about running a business. Their three-year-plan includes having 33% of their staff occupied by students by the end of the first year, and up to 100% by the third.

Ryckman also hopes to be opening a third location in Davison by 2021.

Interested in being part of their student program at the mall? You can send an email to

From personal experience, I can tell you that I LOVE shopping at Community Threads. We have a 13-year-old son who is growing like a weed and, instead of spending hundreds of dollars on new clothes every few months, I've found some GREAT deals at the store and I'm looking forward to the new location!


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