Goodwill Celebrates Grand Opening of Augusta Store and Donation Center

Written by on August 27th, 2012 @ 12:01 pm

 

Goodwill Celebrates Grand Opening of Augusta Store and Donation Center
Revenue from retail sales helps to fund programs
in Maine that get people back to work

Augusta ME – Goodwill Industries of Northern New England invites shoppers and donors to the Grand Opening celebration of its new Augusta store and donation center on Thursday, September 13 at 9 a.m. Celebration activities include a ribbon cutting ceremony at 9 am, door prizes and a weekend-long raffle.

The new Augusta store and donation center is located at 5 Senator Way, off Western Avenue by the Senator Inn and Target. Shoppers will enjoy a new 17,000 square foot building that features a convenient donation drive-thru and several environmentally-friendly aspects, including an energy-efficient HVAC system, polished concrete floors (which eliminates the need for harsh chemical cleaners), outdoor LED lights and large windows to reduce electricity use. The building is also engineered for Energy Star compliance, which means Goodwill will be able to apply for Energy Star status after one year of operation.

The new store will feature a wide variety of donated goods – whether one is looking for unique treasures or a fabulous new outfit, the store will feature clothing, jewelry, books, household items and furniture, as well as a limited selection of new items to create a complete shopping experience.

The new store also accepts used computer equipment through the ReConnect computer recycling program. Since the program launched in 2009, Goodwill has kept over three million pounds of computers and related equipment out of the landfill.

Customers will also have the opportunity to learn about Goodwill’s programs in Maine that help people find jobs, lead independent lives and create more sustainable communities. Goodwill helps people like Chandra, who has worked at the current Augusta store for twelve years and looks forward to the new store. “I see a better future for myself, since I have been working at Goodwill,” noted Chandra. “I now live in my own apartment, my own home. I am independent and I love it”.

“We are thrilled to expand our retail presence in the Augusta community,” noted Anna Eleanor Roosevelt, President and CEO of Goodwill Industries of Northern New England. “Our retail stores are vital in supporting Goodwill’s mission to help people reach their fullest potential through the power of work. Revenue from our stores is invested in programs that help Maine citizens find employment and strengthen our local communities.”

Store and donation center hours are Monday through Sunday, 8 am – 9 pm. The former Augusta store is holding a 50% off sale September 2 – 8 and will close its doors end of business day on September 8. The new Augusta Goodwill store will employ nearly 70 full and part time staff.

Ken ChristianSenior Director, Communications
Goodwill Administrative Office
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About Goodwill Industries of Northern New England

Goodwill Industries of Northern New England has a 10-year goal of being instrumental in moving 10,000 households out of poverty in our territory of Maine, New Hampshire and northern Vermont.

We not only create training opportunities and jobs within Goodwill, our Workforce Services helps local businesses build their own workforce. As an employer of nearly 2,000 people and a social service provider, we have a unique perspective that can help other employers find and keep reliable employees.

Goodwill Neurorehabilitation Services in Portland and Lewiston offers comprehensive brain injury services and treatment options for people with acquired brain injuries. At Goodwill Neurorehabilitation Services, comprehensive, community-based therapies are provided to assist individuals with cognitive, emotional and physical needs – so lives can get back on track after a brain injury.

Goodwill Industries of Northern New England operates 23 residential homes across Maine for people with diverse challenges – acquired brain injury, intellectual disability or other barrier to independence that requires continuous support from Goodwill staff.

Our services are funded by revenue from retail and recycling operations, grants, fees, and philanthropic gifts.  Please visit www.goodwillnne.org for more information.

Updated 6 months ago by Kimberly Curry