Goodwill to reopen

Published 12:48 pm Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Farmville’s Goodwill at 1425-A South Main St. is set to reopen Wednesday, Sept. 6.

The nonprofit, which closed at the beginning of July for renovations, will open its doors at 9 a.m.

Vice President of Retail Operations at Goodwill Industries of South Central Virginia Sherry Hines noted the renovations and redistribution of items will give the store a more spacious and open environment.

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Hines said the items around the edges of the store may shift to different areas of the building, and said textiles and clothing will remain at the center of the store.

The store’s interior will also sport new fixtures, new flooring, new racking systems, new dressing rooms and a roll-up door at the rear of the store rather than at the side of the store building, creating greater accessibility for donation trucks and community donations.

“We’ll be able to have a lot of visibility … You will be able to see all through the store. It will look a lot more open and inviting,” Hines said.

The renovations were performed by E&K Fine Properties LLC, a company based in Farmville that works with nonresidential properties.

Hines said the extensive renovations, which required moving all of the fixtures and items out of the store, set back the initial opening date of mid-August.

Jeni Graham, the Farmville store manager, said she has gotten questions and phone calls about the store’s reopening, even during trips to get groceries.

“We have had a lot of calls saying, ‘When are you opening?’” Graham said. “We’re excited for (the community) to see it.”

Hines said there will be drawings to celebrate the store’s reopening, where customers can potentially win gift certificates from area businesses or the grand prize of a flat-screen television.

“We hope they think it was worth the wait,” Hines said.

Following the reopening, Hines said the Goodwill organization is open to possibly inviting Longwood University and Hampden-Sydney College students to volunteer or partner with the store for community service opportunities.

“Certainly we are always interested as an agency in partnering with all of the different people in the community,” Hines said.

Goodwill sells gently-used items. Proceeds from these sales go toward educating and providing workforce training to people who experience barriers to employment, according to its website.

Hines said donations have continued to pour into the Farmville location — something that struck her.

“I’m so grateful that everybody has kept donating. Our donations have really not fallen off, which tells me how lucky we are to be in such a supportive community,” Hines said.