In November of 2002, with generous funding provided by the Great Bay Foundation, Families in Transition officially expanded into the area of social entrepreneurship with the opening of OutFITters Thrift Store in Manchester. Originally called Family Outfitters, the store completed a rebranding effort in 2009 to become “OutFITters Thrift Store”.
In 2009, FIT expanded its social entrepreneurial efforts into the City of Concord with the opening of the OutFITters Thrift Store Boutique in Bicentennial Square. The Boutique quickly became as successful as the flagship store and outgrew its cozy space. In the beginning of 2012, the Boutique expanded and relocated to the historic Main Street in Downtown Concord.
In the early summer of 2018, a Concord-based developer made an offer to us that could not be refused. The purpose of our stores is to provide an income source to Families in Transition to help pay for the housing and services to families and individuals experiencing homelessness. Unfortunately, ever since the reconstruction of downtown Concord our store sales have suffered, along with the strong economy and growing and ever present online market place.
To read more about the closing of the Concord store click here. Our Manchester store will remain open.