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Making room

September 10, 2008
By Laura Mead -

ESCANABA - The new Goodwill store, set to open Thursday, Sept. 25, will have the space to house the abundance of items donated by the community, said a Goodwill official.

While the old Goodwill store undergoes liquidation, the new Goodwill store, 2601 6th Ave. N., near Wal-Mart, is preparing for its opening. Colleen Valencic, Goodwill district manager, Escanaba, said there was good reason for building a new store.

"We ran out of room at the old store," she said. "This is a very generous community and surrounding communities and we got a lot of donations."

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The new Goodwill store, 2601 6th Ave. N., Escanaba, near Wal-Mart, is set to open Sept. 25 and is now accepting donations. (Daily Press photo by Laura Mead)

Valencic said the new store is three times the size of the old store. There will be 40,000 items on the sales floor.

As well as more space, the new store also has some added features, such as more fitting rooms, an extra checkout, better lighting, wider aisles and assistance at the donation drive-through. The store also houses a community room which can be used free of charge as a conference room by area organizations.

In addition to trying to provide more convenience to shoppers, Valencic said the new store will be better equipped to fulfill its mission, which she said is to serve people with barriers to employment.

Fact Box

The new Goodwill store will open Sept. 25.

Donations are now being accepted at the new store.

The old Goodwill store will close Sunday.

Store hours:

Monday-Saturday: 9 a.m.- 9 p.m.

Sunday: 10 a.m.- 6 p.m.

"Some people with barriers might not be able to have the opportunity in the community to receive employment," said Valencic. "We can offer them that opportunity so they can get experience and training to go out in the community and possibly get another job."

The new Goodwill store will employ 27 people and will house a vocational work center. Valencic said the center will provide a variety of training to both Goodwill employees and non-employees through Goodwill work force development.

"They will be able to bring in people and provide them with different types of training so they can learn different tasks, whether it's working at the cash register or on the sales floor - something different than what they would normally do."

The old Goodwill store will close Sunday. Donations are now being accepted at the new Goodwill store.



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