Friday, March 23, 2012

Goodwill to rebuild South Blvd. store after arson

Goodwill said Friday that it will rebuild its South Blvd. store, which was destroyed by arson last month.

“Our South Blvd. store employs about 20 people and generates approximately $500,000 in wages and benefits paid per year – a significant economic impact on this community,” said Michael Elder, CEO of Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont, in an email. “For these reasons, we have decided not to move this location, but to rebuild our store right here on South Blvd."

The new store is slated to open in four or five months, Goodwill said. A temporary donation center is currently at the site, and donations collected there will help stock the new store.

The South Blvd. location opened in 1993. Following the arson, which caused an estimated $500,000 in damages but no injuries, Goodwill had said it might relocate the store and abandon the site. A fired employee was being investigated in connection with the arson.

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discourser said...

Good news! That is the store where we drop our donations. The set up is very convenient.

Anonymous said...

That is awesome. Good for the area.

Anonymous said...

Wish they would just turn it into a brewery. :(

discourser said...

Anon 3:51PM - Olde Mecklenburg Brewery is not too far from it. You can visit OMB after dropping off your donations