Public Celebration for Grand Opening of Goodwill Canal Winchester January 29

Public invited to opening celebration at 9:30 a.m., fun shopping experience at 10:00 a.m.

COLUMBUS - Goodwill Columbus invites shoppers to the grand opening of its newest retail store at 775 W. Waterloo, 43110, with a public ribbon cutting celebration beginning at 9:30 a.m. on Friday, January 29.

Canal Winchester Mayor Michael Ebert and Goodwill Columbus President and CEO Margie Pizzuti, as well as members of the Goodwill Board of Trustees and other community officials, will attend the event.

As a part of the morning celebration, Goodwill will treat shoppers to music, donuts and coffee. Store doors open at 10:00 a.m., with the first 100 shoppers receiving door buster goodie bags. Shoppers can also have a chance to crack the code on the “Visible Vault” to win $25,000, enter raffles for $50 Goodwill gift certificates and enter a raffle to win a flat screen television.

The party will continue through the day with Sunny 95 on-site from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.—with the Roosters Wing Wagon and Treat Truck in tow—plus games, prizes and more.

Grand opening festivities will end at 2:00 p.m. and the store will close at 9:00 p.m.

All revenue earned through Goodwill retail stores and other business lines provides vital support for the organization’s true north—job training programs for individuals with barriers to employment.

The new purpose-built store will feature a spacious drive through donation drop off area, as well as an enhanced retail experience including natural lighting, exposed ceilings, polished concrete floors and a micro-gallery of artwork created by artists with disabilities and other barriers. All nine Goodwill Columbus retail locations are open from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday and Sundays from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Goodwill Columbus has been proudly serving the local community for 76 years. Since 1939, the agency has dedicated itself to transforming the lives of individuals with disabilities and other barriers through pathways to independence and the power of work.

The agency is the sixth largest nonprofit in Central Ohio and is among its top 100 largest employers. In 2014, Goodwill Columbus provided more than 1.4 million hours of service to more than 3,200 individuals with disabilities and other barriers through day habilitation programs, community-based supported living services, employment training and job placement services.

For more information the people and program of Goodwill, please visit our website at www.goodwillcolumbus.org.  To see how you can support Goodwill and make a difference to the thousands of Central Ohio residents who use goodwill services annually, please visit:http://www.goodwillcolumbus.org/donate/

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Goodwill Columbus Retail Expansion Fact Sheet

Overview:

Goodwill Columbus took a long, hard look at the landscape of serving jobseekers with developmental disabilities and other barriers in central Ohio and one thing became clear- steps must be taken to ensure the sustainability of our organization. We understand that local and national funding sources—government, corporate, and foundation-- are continually stretched thin as the needs of our community’s citizens continue to rise.  Our agency must continue advancing, rigorously, our model of social enterprise through the businesses we operate, to assure we can provide a level of predictability and financial stability with earned income revenue streams to support our vital mission services. Therefore, we decided to nearly double our retail presence in Central Ohio with the opening of multiple retail flagship stores in Columbus within the next three years.

Store Features:

Each new store will be freestanding and newly built, spanning 15,000 to 18,000 total square feet. And as stated in the release, will be unlike any in the market. Natural lighting, exposed ceilings, polished concrete floors and a spacious covered donation drop-off area welcome our shoppers and donors. Each store will also feature “micro gallery” displays of artwork created by artists with disabilities and other barriers in The Goodwill Art Studio & Gallery.  Goodwill has also extended an invitation to other Ohio artists who use repurposed and/or ‘upcycle’ materials to sell on consignment in the stores.

Investment:

Each store will create approximately 40 new jobs. Goodwill is working with Berengaria Development, a real estate consulting, development and management services firm, which has overseen construction of many new Goodwill stores.