Port Richmond’s newest shop, The Thrifty Irishman, was set to open on Black Friday. Unfortunately, customers were greeted with a sign saying the store would not be opening and more details would be available on Monday.
Robert J. McCormac, owner of the community thrift store, assures that the store will be open for business before the holidays.
“We didn’t open today because I didn’t get all the best merchandise out on display,” explained McCormac last Friday. “It wasn’t how I wanted it to be…I’m optimistic to be open [this weekend],” he added.
While bargain-hunters will have to be patient, McCormac shared a preview of what you can expect from The Thrifty Irishman.
Although The Thrifty Irishman is McCormac’s first venture as the sole owner, he is no amateur in the salvage wholesale business.
Growing up in Kesington, he began working at Jo-Mar as a teenager before he and his partners opened their own store, Budget Express, located next to the old Jo-Mar location.
After approximately seven years, he and his partners closed up shop. It was at this time that McCormac went into the wholesale end of the business and actually began acquiring potential merchandise, all the while keeping his eyes open for that perfect space in which to one day open his own store.
In December 2012, he found the perfect location in the semi-renovated store spaces located at the corner of Cedar and Westmoreland streets in Port Richmond.
With its lofted, wood-framed ceilings, partial exposed brick walls, and concrete floors, McCormac signed the lease in February 2013, and has been readying the space for its opening ever since.
Finally having found the perfect spot for his store, he needed a catchy name and memorable logo.
“My brother’s childhood friend, Michael Schweirzer came up with the name…I was born on St. Patty’s Day and he was just joking about how I’ve always been lucky,” McCormac recalled.
The logo ties directly into the name, with a leprechaun holding a clover above a pot of gold.
“My son’s teacher, Marcie Hull, found out I was opening the store and made this amazing logo for the store,” McCormac said.
On the shopping end of the business, customers can expect new and used items, with brands from regular department stores to higher end retailers like Abercrombie and Fitch.
“My thrift store will rival any shopping mall,” McCormac boasted, with LL Bean vintage purses and Vera Bradley totes lining the purse wall as proof. Most of the items will have one price.
Looking for toddlers’ clothing? You can find a variety of new outfits for your little one for $3.99. Need a new pair of jeans? Stop at the Thrifty Irishman with 10 bucks and you’re set.
More recognized brands will be priced accordingly, but whatever your style and budget, McCormac said he is confident there will be something for anyone that makes a stop.
Besides clothing, house ware, furniture, toys, and other items will be available as well. New inventory will be introduced weekly, with thousands of items being circulated before Christmas.
Aside from great deals, shoppers purchasing items from The Thrifty Irishman will be supporting charities.
During opening weekend, and most likely until Christmas, McCormac added, all toy sale profits will be donated to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul.
McCormac also partners with local churches and children sports teams to enhance his inventory.
The participating organizations hold clothing drive fundraisers and McCormac makes a direct donation in exchange for the clothing.
“I’d rather give money to someone like St. Vincent’s to keep doing the good they’re doing rather than put twenty dollars in my pocket.”
With a little luck of the Irish, customers soon will be able to snag some deals just in time for the holidays.
The Thrifty Irishman is located at 3251 Cedar Street in Port Richmond. For more information on the Grand Opening and the store, visit thethriftyirishman.com or call 215-MARCH17. ••