The Disabled American Veterans store at 13th St. and Buddy Holly Ave., which has been serving the Lubbock community and its veterans for more than 50 years, is closing its doors for good. Owner David Butts has cited financial hardships due to the impact of COVID as the reason for the closure. Despite providing over $400,000 to Disabled American Veterans over the years, the thrift store has struggled to turn a profit in recent times.
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 it down. Despite his efforts to keep it afloat, he believes it would take a miracle to save it at this point.
The store’s closure comes as a blow to those who have served our country, with Butts emphasizing the importance of its mission to help veterans. He expressed his gratitude to those who have served our country and said that his own father’s military service is why the store is so special to him.
As Christmas approaches, Butts is offering a 50 percent discount on all items at the store. He encouraged the community to take advantage of this sale before it closes its doors for good, highlighting some of its unique treasures that are perfect for holiday gifts or stocking stuffers.