The Disabled American Veterans store, located at 13th St. and Buddy Holly Ave. in Lubbock, Texas, is closing its doors for good after more than 50 years of serving the community and its veterans. Owner David Butts cited financial hardships due to the impact of COVID-19 as the reason for the closure. Despite his efforts to keep the store afloat, Butts believes it would take a miracle to save it at this point.
Butts took over the store just two months before the pandemic hit and was forced to shut down for two months. Since then, business has declined and Butts has made the difficult decision to close the store. However, he emphasized that despite its financial struggles, the store’s mission to help veterans is of utmost importance.
The thrift store is in partnership with the local DAV chapter and has provided over $400,000 to Disabled American Veterans over the years. While it may not be profitable anymore, Butts is proud of what he has accomplished during his time as owner.
As Christmas approaches, Butts is offering a 50 percent discount on all items at the store. He encouraged members of the community to take advantage of this opportunity before it closes its doors for good.
Despite its impending closure, Butts expressed gratitude towards those who have served our country and emphasized that his own father’s military service makes this mission even more special to him.
Overall, while this is a sad ending for an important institution in Lubbock, Butts hopes that their legacy will continue to inspire others to support our veterans in any way they can.