Goodwill retail store opens in St. Clairsville

In the midst of an economic recession, shoppers looking to stretch their dollar will now be able to do so and at the same time help put individuals with barriers to employment to work. Goodwill Industries, Inc. has opened a Retail Store in the Ohio Valley Plaza in St. Clairsville, located between Wal-Mart and Sam's Club north of I-70.

Open in October at 50613 Valley Plaza Drive, the store is approximately 4,500 square feet, employs roughly 12 employees and one manager, and operates Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sundays noon to 8 p.m. Shoppers can expect to find great deals on great quality merchandise such as adult and children's clothing, shoes, furniture, house wares, appliances and toys.

Goodwill Industries relies heavily on donors in the community to help fulfill their mission. "It is important for the community to understand how far their donations go to help us do great things!," explains Chad Martin, Corporate Marketing and Business Development Specialist for Goodwill Industries. ""Each donation is not simply another bag on top of a pile; it's a contribution to help put to work individuals in our communities who may have barriers to employment." Martin stated that such barriers include physical, mental, social and/or economical disadvantages that may keep people from being able to fairly land a job in a competitive market. "At Goodwill, we stress the power that a paycheck can have on a person's life. We all deserve the chance to provide for ourselves and those we love, at Goodwill we simply assist those who may need a helping hand in doing this for themselves," said Martin.

Donations from the community are collected at the rear of the building and at the Attended Donation Center in the Ohio Valley Mall parking lot. Once collected, the donations are sorted; donations in sell-able condition are then placed on the sales floor for the community to buy at discounted prices.

Donors and shoppers may feel free to call the store at (740) 695-2335 with any questions.