Between grand opening celebrations in Lynchburg and Lake Monticello, a new jobs center in Madison Heights, and store relocations in Radford and Galax, 2013 is already shaping up to be a busy year for Goodwill.
"It has been a good year for us as far as retail goes," said Kelly Sandridge Coleman, spokesperson for Goodwill Industries of the Valleys.
And the organization isn't done yet. It's already working on a brand new store that will be located in the old Petland building along Route 220 in Roanoke. The store is slated to open in mid to late September.
"We're just really excited because that part of the county and city have been very generous to Goodwill over the years," said Coleman.
Goodwill says when it decides whether to open a new store, it looks at a variety of factors including traffic in the area, how other nearby stores have performed, whether they think people will drop off donations in a particular location, and whether they'll shop there. Coleman says that methodical approach is a reason Goodwill has been successful.
"Our stores are amazing," said Coleman. "They're bright, they're clean, they just have a great shopping environment and you never know what you're going to find when you walk into a Goodwill store."
But Goodwill says its stores are about far more than bargains -- when their new Roanoke store opens, it will create 15 new jobs. Then, all the money it takes in from sales will go into programs that help local people find work.
68 percent of Goodwill's funding in 2012 -- more than $33 million -- came from its stores. As a result, the organization was able to help more than 73,000 people across the region through its various job training and employment programs.
"When you donate to Goodwill and when you shop at one of our stores, you're helping people get back to work," said Coleman.
Goodwill is currently hiring for all level positions at its new Roanoke store. To learn more about the application process or to apply online, click on the link below: