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Youngstown thrift shop owner looking for support from community

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - A Youngstown thrift shop owner is asking for help to keep his west side shop from closing.

The owner of Family Outreach Thrift Shop on Mahoning Avenue says they are being forced to close because the city denied them a zoning waiver.

Owner John Zucco says the store has gathered over 200 signatures on a petition that they plan to give to the city to show how much they are needed in the area.

According to Zucco, the city won't let them stay open because there are too many thrift stores in that area.

"They are hurting a lot of needy people by shutting down our organization. They consider us just another thrift store when in fact we are a charity. We need anybody out there, attorneys, anybody that wants to help us to contact us at 330-781-1032 and help us continue our cause," Zucco said.

Zucco says there is a municipal court date set for December 5th on the matter. They could actually be fined for opening without the proper permits.

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