As you may remember, in February of this year, our South Boulevard retail store and donation center was destroyed by arson. Since then, we have been overwhelmed by the community support we have received from friends, partners, volunteers and donors who want to help us replace what was lost so that we can continue to provide valuable employment services and training in the Charlotte region.
One month after the fire, we placed an attended donation center on the site to begin collecting donations that now fill our new retail store. We received tremendous response about the convenience and importance of the South Blvd. location. This is a vibrant business corridor that has supported our store, and we want to make sure we continue to support business growth in this community. This includes our South Blvd. JobLink, which continues to support thousands of job seekers each year with training and employment programs right here in this neighborhood as part of the Charlotte Works network.
The new store includes many of the updated features from our newer model stores (such as those recently opened in Ballantyne and in Huntersville). It features a fresh, modern design and incorporates environmentally-friendly elements including new fixtures, flooring and recycled materials. New graphics help showcase how this community’s donations really make a difference in people’s lives.
Our Goodwill retail stores employ 20-25 people and generate approximately $500,000 in wages and benefits paid per year – a huge economic impact on this community. We hope you will join us for our grand re-opening celebration, scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 22 at 9 a.m. with a ribbon-cutting ceremony beginning at 8:30 a.m.
Thank you for supporting Goodwill!