LAYTON — The new Layton Deseret Industries — twice as large as its previous location — will open today at 10 a.m.

Part of a new Welfare Service Center complex, the D.I. has moved a few hundred yards to the east, to 930 W. Hill Field Road.

This Welfare Service Center includes six components besides the D.I. — LDS Family Services, LDS Employment, the Distribution Center, Bishop's Storehouse, Family Home Storage Center and a humanitarian volunteer room — all under one roof.

However, the storehouse, LDS Family Services and other components likely won't open until next week. The humanitarian office isn't scheduled to open until February of next year, according to Richard L. McKenna, director of Deseret Industries.

The new facility was dedicated Wednesday by Presiding Bishop H. David Burton of the LDS Church. A ribbon-cutting ceremony is planned for 9:45 a.m. today. The grand opening celebration continues through Saturday.

"It's an impressive-looking facility," McKenna said, explaining some patrons may camp out overnight, awaiting their chance at the best items when the doors open. "The area has grown. This is a much-needed increase in size."

Having all seven components in one building is a first for the church. According to Scott Anderson, manager of construction for Deseret Industries, similar Welfare Service Centers are located in Portland, Ore., and Las Vegas, but they are housed in two separate buildings compared to Layton's one.

McKenna said the Welfare Center plan isn't necessarily going to be a church-wide trend in such buildings, though. It is more like what works best for a particular area.

The previous Deseret Industries outlet in Layton at 1010 W. Hill Field Road, just a half-block west of the new site, opened in May 1998 in a leased building. It had about 30,000 square feet of total space. The new D.I. will have more than double that.

The current LDS Distribution Services, 719 N. Main, opened about six years ago, also in a leased facility. Distribution Services offers church publications and books, church supplies and temple clothing to church members. Anderson said the new facility will offer more space.

The new Bishop's Storehouse will supplement, but not replace, an existing facility in Kaysville. The Family Home Storage Center won't replace the larger Dry Pack Cannery in west Kaysville, but will be an extension of it.

The Humanitarian Room, when it opens next year, will allow members to assist with volunteers on church relief projects on-site, instead of having to travel elsewhere. Members now have to travel to Centerville or Salt Lake City for a humanitarian room operation.

McKenna said the new D.I. will have a streamlined donation process, too. This means that, instead of the old facility that could handle just two cars dropping off goods at once, the building will be able to deal with as many as 12 cars simultaneously.

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Also, the process of moving the estimated 12,000 items that are donated each day to the sales floor will be faster in the new facility.

The store will be open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Mondays and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Tuesday through Saturday. It is closed Sunday.


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