Goodwill opens first of two new stores in September

Barry Miller

Goodwill opens first of two new stores in September

CREATED Sep. 7, 2012

NAPLES, Fla.----Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida cut the ribbon on its new Naples Donation Center & Book Store Friday.  The grand opening is the first of two in just two weeks for the agency, which operates 26 retail stores in Southwest Florida.  A second grand opening will occur next Friday,  in Estero.

The new Naples book store is located at 1795 9th Street N.

“The book store is in a great location for both shoppers and donors,” says Kirsten O’Donnell, Goodwill’s director of public relations.  “Being on the Trail so close to Coastland Center will give our store—and our mission—a lot of visibility.”

The new Estero store at 10351 Corkscrew Commons Drive opening September 14th will replace the current Goodwill boutique on Three Oaks Pkwy.

“Our new location is just over 11,000 square feet, which makes it more than three times larger than the existing Three Oaks store,” states Robert Randall, Goodwill’s vice president of retail operations. “The new store will employ 20 workers- which is quite an increase from the five employees currently at the Three Oaks store.”

The existing Three Oaks store will close on Tuesday, September 11th.

Both new stores utilizes greener construction elements including thermal insulation, to properly seal the building and eliminate air leakage, native plant species throughout the landscaping, and energy-efficient interior light fixtures.

The Friday grand opening ceremony at the new Corkscrew location will begin at 8:45 a.m. with the Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce facilitating a ribbon cutting.  The store will open to the public at 9:00 a.m.

The new store will be open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday-Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays.

Visitors to the weekend Grand Opening celebration will have the opportunity to win a brand-new iPod Nano. In addition, people who donate to Goodwill over the weekend will receive an added discount by bringing in a grand opening postcard or newspaper ad.