Goodwill Celebrates Grand Opening of Augusta Store and Donation Center

NEWS RELEASE

For Immediate Release

August 27, 2012

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. Shoppers and donors can read about fashion tips, shopping advice and project ideas on Goodwill’s “Thrifting Adventures” blog at www.goodwillnne.org/blog

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”. You can read Chandra’s story and other Goodwill success stories, at www.goodwillnne.org.

“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.

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About Goodwill
Goodwill Industries of Northern New England provides community resources that eliminate barriers to opportunity and help people reach their fullest potential through the power of work. A social enterprise for over 100 years, Goodwill reflects economic, social and environmental sustainability, with a focus on connecting people to marketplace employment. Our services are funded by revenue from retail and recycling operations, grants, fees, and philanthropic gifts.  Please visit www.goodwillnne.org for more information.

Thrifting Adventures Blog: www.goodwillnne.org/blog
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Contact: Michelle Smith, Communications Manager
michelle.smith@goodwillnne.org
(207) 699-0724
Cell: (207) 239-7225