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AUSTIN EDITION It looks a lot like Christmas

From staff reports

Christmas has arrived on Main Street much earlier this year.

The Salvation Army in Austin is using the former Gretchen's clothing store along downtown Main Street to sell Christmas items, such as clothing, ornaments and stuffed teddy bears, said Randy Stahl, corps helper.

The nonprofit organization started selling items July 11 at 406 N. Main St. and will continue through the end of July, Stahl said. There are no plans for the store space after that.

Maj. Terry and Rhoda Wilds, leaders of the local Salvation Army, weren't available for comment, but Stahl said they wanted to do a special promotion. There's also no room for the items at the Salvation Army's thrift store.

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Store hours are 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The store front has been empty since Gretchen's closed about a year ago.

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