The Utah Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society hopes to earn more than $50,000 this year with the opening of Utah's second Savers thrift department store in Salt Lake City.

The society earns money by soliciting donations of used goods from the community and selling them to the Savers store, which in turn sells the goods to the public. The first Savers in Utah opened last October in Orem.According to MeriLyn Barrutia, director of the local chapter, the money from the two stores will help pay for a badly needed respite-care program for MS patients in Utah. Focusing on the needs of the family, the program provides temporary relief or support to the primary care giver of a disabled individual.

The society also helps fund research and provides various programs and services for MS patients throughout the state.

The new store is located at 4145 S. Redwood Road in Taylorsville. The 35,000-square-foot store prices merchandise 60-80 percent below retail.

The Salt Lake City Savers is the 60th store in a nationwide chain owned and operated by TVI Inc. The 37-year-old retail company, with headquarters in Washington, is the largest operator of thrift stores in North America.