Desi Arnaiz, a local business owner and veteran, gave a motivational speech to Savers thrift store employees and a crowd awaiting the opening of the store in Woodbridge Tuesday. (Mary Davidson/PotomacLocal.com)

WOODBRIDGE, Va. – Better late than never. Woodbridge has a new thrift store that opened to fanfare Tuesday night.

Savers, a national chain of thrift stores with seven in the Washington area, held a preview event Tuesday night where shoppers were lined up to get inside the store before it officially opened Thursday morning.

The store’s opening comes about one month later than planned, and store owners did not say what lead to the delay. Signs for the new store went up back in January.

The thrift store chain previously struck a deal with the Vietnam Veterans of America, where the store pays the charity for every donated item. That money in turn goes to support charitable efforts in the area, according to a store press release.

Located in the Potomac Festival shopping plaza across from Potomac Mills mall, the store will continue to hold grand opening specials and give away five $100 Savers gift certificates. The store is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

 

Ladies gathered around to take a closer look at what the store’s boutique counter had to offer. (Mary Davidson/PotomacLocal.com)