MALONE — Nickels Bottle Redemption Center’s services to the greater Malone community, will be no more, as Citizen Advocates is closing the building’s doors, organization officials said.
Citizen Advocates ran the redemption center as an affirmative business, which served residents for 25 years.
The bottle redemption center has served as an avenue for local job training and employment “for countless individuals of all abilities,” Joseph Riccio, Director of Communications & Government Affair for Citizen Advocates said.
There are no layoffs as a result of Nickels’ closure, Riccio added.
“The investment needed for the business to remain competitive was cost prohibitive,” organization officials said in a press release.
Riccio added, the three workers at the redemption center, two of them full-time, one part-time and all employees of Citizen Advocates, have been offered jobs elsewhere — however, “that’s still being evaluated,” as to where their next stop will be, Riccio said.
Citizen Advocates over the course of the redemption center’s tenure since 1996 has shifted its career training and supports of an affirmative business setting through the expansion of its Career Visions Employment Services program. The program offers personal and individualized support systems to over 100 people who are looking to either enter or rejoin the workforce. This was done through partnerships with 45 local businesses throughout the North Country.
These partnerships are with hospitality, retail, healthcare, and local hospitals, Riccio said.
“Citizen Advocates is deeply grateful for the community’s support of Nickels during the past 25 years,” James Button, CEO of Citizen Advocates said. “Its success would not be possible were it not for the contributions of countless individuals who operated the business with great pride and exceptional customer service.”