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Goodwill ready to open first Davis retail store

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From page A1 | April 23, 2013 |

“Good” will sound redundant, though probably accurate, when used as a word to describe the opening of the most recent nonprofit agency to take roots in Davis.

That’s because when Goodwill Industries officially launches its first fully fledged operation within city limits on Thursday, it is bringing along all of its community-based programs and services.

The Davis Manor shopping center, on Eighth Street and Pole Line Road, will be the location for the retail buying and re-selling discount clothing good store.

“It’s really exciting. … Opening this store has been part of our strategic plan for the last three years,” said Doni Curkendall, executive assistant to the president of Goodwill Industries. “It’s a great community, and we’re glad to be there.”

The site will also act as an occupational training center to those with special needs, as per one of Goodwill’s outlined missions: providing opportunities to individuals with disabilities.

Job coaches will assist individuals with disabilities in the activities and behaviors associated with employment. This feature is not unique to the Davis location, but instead done at all Goodwill stores.

What does set it apart from the other stores in the network is its size. It fills a comparably smaller 6,550 square feet, and Curkendall described it as being in the style of a boutique.

Because of its capacity; a recently hired batch of 13 employees is nearly enough to run this Goodwill, though Curkendall expects a few more will be added to the staff after the store opens.

The grand opening is 8 a.m. Thursday. In commemoration, Goodwill is offering complimentary tote bags and coffee to its first ever shoppers that morning.

“It’s usually a lot fun to be at one of our grand openings,” Curkendall said. “It’s definitely a big deal for us.”

Goodwill presents competition to another local thrift shop, All Things Right & Relevant, which was once located in the Davis Manor shopping center, but has since moved to a larger store in Mace Ranch.

Longtime laundromat The Wash Mill departed early January to make space for the arrival of Goodwill. The closure incited an adverse reaction from the community, seen in a string of dissenting letters to The Enterprise.

The Wash Mill was one of two businesses still offering laundromat services in Davis, and did it so for 40 years.

Goodwill, Curkendall said, is stern in its commitment to offering its own quality services to its new community base.

“Our goal is to provide as many services as possible,” she said. “Davis residents should know that their purchases and donations benefit their own community. We put the money right back into more jobs and training.”

— Reach Brett Johnson at bjohnson@davisenterprise.net or 530-747-8052. Follow him on Twitter at @ReporterBrett

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