Grants Pass, OR — Southern Oregon Goodwill is relocating its Grants Pass thrift store and donation site to 346 NE Beacon Drive. The store’s grand opening is set for Thursday, May 25, at 9 a.m.
Still within in the Grants Pass Shopping Center, the newly remodeled space has nearly 13,000 square feet of sales floor, double the current location at 1101 NE D Street. The new store will become the largest of Goodwill’s 12 stores in Southern Oregon.
The existing store at 1101 NE D Street plans to remain open until 3 p.m. on Wednesday, May 24. Goodwill’s regular hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.
The grand opening begins with a ribbon cutting with the Grants Pass Chamber at 8:45 a.m., and then doors will open at 9 a.m. on Thursday, May 25. The first 50 shoppers to make a purchase will receive a free gift.
“We had outgrown our existing space and had been looking for more parking and an easier flow for the donations lane,” said Shae Johns, President & CEO of Southern Oregon Goodwill. “When the shopping center provided this new option last fall, we jumped at the chance to provide a better shopping and donation experience for our loyal customers in Josephine County,” she said.
Appropriately, Goodwill is opening a new store in Grants Pass in its 50th year of service to the region.
“A small group of parents founded SOGI to provide vocation training for their adult children with disabilities in 1967. The first Goodwill thrift store in Grants Pass was at 735 SW 5th Street — in a converted garage,” Johns explained. The first space also included a wood shop for vocational training. “What’s different 50 years later is that folks seeking job training from Goodwill are gaining it through work experience with a variety of employers in the community.”
In 1998, the store moved to 742 SW 6th Street. Goodwill has occupied the D Street store since April 2011.
Goodwill also operates an As Is Outlet and Employment & Training Center at 735 SW 5th Street and an attended donation trailer at 1642 Williams Hwy, next to Safeway. The Employment & Training Center includes a Job Connection that is open to the public week days, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
KAJO Radio posted a story about the move and the new store at www.KAJO.com. Store Manager Maria Wicker and Director of Marketing and Community Relations Julie Fletcher also were interviewed for a story.