A Jan. 23 opening will be more than a “Goodwill” gesture. It will be the beginning of a new shopping opportunity in Washington.
Make that an old opportunity that has been updated and upgraded.
The Goodwill store at 89 Jefferson Ave., built anew, will have its ribbon-cutting and grand opening that morning. It is on the site of the Goodwill that was razed in June.
“The store in Washington was very popular, but we realized we needed a new store,” said David Tobiczyk, vice president of marketing and development for Goodwill of Southwestern Pennsylvania. “It had become older and really needed to be rebuilt.”
In the six-month interim, the city’s Goodwill has been at a cramped site nearby, at 853 Jefferson, where it will remain open through 5 p.m. Jan. 22.
Tobiczyk said the new Goodwill will be “the fifth of our new prototype stores,” the others being in Morgantown and Fairmont in West Virginia and Natrona Heights and Robinson Township in Allegheny County.
“Folks will be pleased,” he said. “It’s a really good-looking store, brighter with more windows and different lighting. The store also is designed to be more environmentally efficient, with heating and cooling. It will be easier to shop.”
Easier to walk the aisles, to be sure. There will be 9,300 square feet of sales floor space within the 15,000-square-foot structure. Rene DeVaul is the manager who will oversee 20 employees.
It is one of many retail thrift stores run by Goodwill Industries International Inc. According to its website, www.goodwill.org, Goodwill “works to enhance the dignity and quality of life of individuals and families by strengthening communities, eliminating barriers to opportunity, and helping people in need reach their full potential through learning and the power of work.”
The company is funded by the stores, which also are nonprofit and sell new and gently used items that have been donated.
Although the 89 Jefferson Ave. site, at the intersection with West Beau Street, will not open to shoppers for another 20 days, it is accepting donations at the back of the store.
“We have a drive-through donation area where someone comes out” and accepts items, Tobiczyk said.
Ribbon-cutting and bargains won’t be the only attractions afforded to customers Jan. 23. The first 200 will get a reusable Goodwill shopping bag. There also will be refreshments and giveaways of Goodwill gift cards and Wild Things tickets.
The new store, as with most in the region, will be open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.