New Mobile Shop Pilot Launching in September

blog-gsrv-mobile-shopComing this September, we will be piloting a mobile shop in the southwestern region of Girl Scouts River Valleys’ council. This mobile shop pilot is a part of this year’s Property Committee recommendations and will help us explore a cost-efficient and nimble way to serve more communities.

The mobile shop will make stops in Marshall, Worthington, and Redwood Falls, and will offer program-related and council-branded merchandise, along with an assortment of fun gift items. Families and volunteers can use council-issued coupons, grants, and cookie credits, which cannot be redeemed for online purchases. Shop staff will also be happy to answer any product or programming questions from anyone who stops in. 

Schedule + Stops

You’ve been waiting and it’s almost here! The mobile shop pilot will begin in September.

September Schedule:

  • Wednesday, September 2, 2:30–6:30 pm, Marshall Area YMCA, 200 South A St., Marshall, MN 56258 (*NOTE: This is a special date due to a schedule conflict with the YMCA. All future stops in Marshall will be on the first Thursday of the month.)
  • Thursday, September 10, 2:30–6:30 pm, Redwood Falls Public Library, 509 S. Lincoln St., Redwood Falls, MN 56283
  • Thursday, September 17, 2:30–6:30 pm, American Reformed Church, 1720 Burlington Ave, Worthington, MN 56187 

Ongoing Schedule:

  • First Thursday of each month, 2:30–6:30 pm
    Marshall Area YMCA, 200 South A St., Marshall, MN 56258
  • Second Thursday of each month, 2:30–6:30 pm
    Redwood Falls Public Library, 509 S. Lincoln St., Redwood Falls, MN 56283
  • Third Thursday of each month, 2:30–6:30 pm
    American Reformed Church, 1720 Burlington Ave, Worthington, MN 56187 

Preorders

To help us ensure that we have sufficient quantities of items that you’d like to purchase available at your stop, we highly recommend preordering. You can place preorders as late as the Tuesday of the week the mobile shop will be in your area by emailing retailservices@girlscoutsrv.org.

Comments

  1. Deana Witt says

    Love this and really hope it works. I live in the metro so getting to the store isn’t hard for me but I’m glad to see GSRV reaching out to our fiends outside the metro. I bet those outside the metro would love to see you offer some of the badges and journey events at these locations too

  2. Susan Marsh says

    Why no stop in Northfield?? You just closed the Northfield shop and none of the current locations are close to us.

  3. Dee O’Connor-Peterson says

    I’m very excited to see that we will have a way to assist our leaders, girls and parents by having a mobile store, however I am just as disappointed that council closed the store here in Northfield, MN and did not give us the attention as well in a mobile stop for our leaders, girls and parents. Driving to St Paul, Rochester or Brooklyn Center is a hardship on our group and frankly speaking could make the numbers here in our area drop even more so….
    Thank you for allowing us to be a part.

  4. Tracy O’Neill says

    Since our store closed here in Northfield, I think it would be great if you could add this as a stop to your schedule.

  5. Cari Koktavy says

    I agree with Dee. My concern with not having a Northfield Shop, and working during the week from 7:30 am- 5:30pm gives me zero time to make to the next closest shop location within their allotted hours. So now I’m going to be forced to order online and now have to pay extra for shipping. It would be of great help if the city of Northfield could get in on this mobile shop! Please consider this and know it wouldn’t be a wasted stop!!

  6. Jen Watkins says

    Aren’t there offices in St Paul and Brooklyn Park already? Not sure that makes it a mobile store. If you can’t offer a location closer than an hour (or more) drive can there at least be free shipping for online orders without a purchase limit? The girls work hard to raise money for uniforms, books/supplies, events/activities, and trips it’s hard to justify the cost in gas or shipping.

  7. Girl Scouts River Valleys says

    Thank you all for your feedback. We are piloting this mobile shop and hope to expand it’s stops to other areas in the southwest, including Northfield.

  8. Christie Balster says

    I feel there should be a mobile stop in Northfield. I loved having the store in Northfield, and working with Katie, and before her, Trista. Their customer service skills were/are priceless. I could ask/show Katie or Trista what we were working on, or ask questions, or get advice on projects we were working on. They were/are great, and so supportive and helpful. That customer service piece is something that can’t be replaced by a website. Please reconsider adding Northfield as a stop for the mobile unit.