Chicken Alley spreads its wings

MVCS will lease a portion of the Aqua World Seafood Corporation building for the Chicken Alley thrift store in Vineyard Haven. — Eunki Seonwoo

Chicken Alley, the popular thrift store operated by Martha’s Vineyard Community Services in Vineyard Haven, will have additional space for its operations after the new year. 

“The team is very excited to be leasing a portion of the adjacent building for donation processing. This space is currently undergoing some small renovations to make it more efficient for our staff and volunteers to process donations,” Martha’s Vineyard Community Services spokesperson Rebecca Pierce said. “We hope to begin accepting donations in the new space in January.”

A part of the Aqua World Seafood Corp. building will be used for the expansion. Chicken Alley celebrated its 60th anniversary in November, and “has been operating exclusively out of the original space” for more than 15 years, according to Pierce. 

“This will be a great addition,” she said. The full operational details for this space are still in the works, according to Pierce. 

All proceeds from the store go to Community Services’ various programs that support Islanders, such as disability services, mental health counseling, substance use disorder programming, and more. During the previous fiscal year, Chicken Alley surpassed $1 million in sales.


  1. It would be great to have a spot in the industrial park with a metal type building. Not only would it be in a nutraul spot for everyone to get to it for donations and purchases there would be plenty of parking. The Chicken Alley third shop takes in enough money to consider the idea of this in the next few years.

  2. Chicken Alley should build an industrial building in industrail park
    It’s a neutral place for all communities with plenty of parking. Donations and purchases would be better access. Surely they make enough money to consider this improvement.
    It could open up the possibility to sell the use furniture without leaving their donations in the rain. Maybe still use both places .

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