The genesis of the creative and successful Value Village business model was in 1954, when founder William O. Ellison opened his first store in San Francisco, California. Mr. Ellison's grandfather and great uncle, Ben and Orlo Ellison, were instrumental in building the Salvation Army's thrift organization in the 1930's and '40s.
By 1970, the San Francisco store became a chain and its headquarters moved north to the Seattle, WA area. Savers, Inc. went international in 1980 when it opened its first Canadian store on Hastings Street in Vancouver, B.C. called Value Village.
In the last 50+ years we've grown to more than 200 stores, and have paid over a billion dollars to our non-profit alliances, while achieving positive sales growth totaling over 550 million dollars. Savers, Inc. is the parent company of TVI, Inc. doing business as Value Village Stores, Inc., Savers, Village des Valeurs, Savers Australia Pty, Ltd. and Savers Recycling, Inc. We employ more than 10,000 team members throughout the United States, Canada and Australia and have an optimistic plan for future growth.