William O. (Bill) Ellison grandfather and great uncle, Ben and Orlo Ellison, were instrumental in building
the Salvation Army's thrift organization in the 1930's and '40s.
Bill opened his first store in San Francisco, California in 1954.
By 1970, the San Francisco store became a chain, and its headquarters moved north to the Seattle, Washington area.
Savers, Inc. went international in 1980 when it opened its first Canadian store on Hastings Street
in Vancouver, British Columbia called Value Village.
In the last 50+ years, we've grown to more than 315 stores and have paid more than
$1.5 billion dollars to local nonprofits over the last 10 years