Eviction Notice Threatens Adams Thrift Store


If there's one thing you learn from a visit to Hearthstone Ministries Thrift Store, it's that owner Sue Sampson can sure talk.

That's why her reaction to an eviction notice delivered last Friday says it all.

"I was absolutely speechless," she said. "It really for me didn't really begin to register, and I looked at him and said 'grandpa, are we serious?'"

Billy and Sue Sampson started their thrift shop two years ago this May.

They moved into the old and dilapidated Dollar Depot with $3,000 and a simple dream: to help the people of Adams.

"As far as grandpa and I," Sue Sampson said, "we've always struggled with something and we just knew this is what God wanted us to do."

Sampson says she and her husband -- who she calls grandpa -- have paid the $600 rent every month.

She says they've even done some work on the building.

That's why the 30-day notice was so surprising.

Billy Sampson had no luck when he tried to get in touch with the landlord.

7 News tried, too, and also had no luck.

With the clock ticking, the couple doesn't know what they're going to do.

"Adams is alive because of this building and it sat here falling apart and nobody wanted it. Kinda like a lot of people just fall through the cracks and here, nothing does," Sue Sampson said.

"And if we're not here, I don't know what will happen."
Friday, December 2, 2016
, Watertown, NY

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