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Goodwill coming to Port Orchard

Next month, Goodwill is opening its first local retail store at Towne Square Port Orchard, the site of the former South Kitsap Mall.

According to Seattle Goodwill, the store will open June 28, and be the agency’s 15th location in the Puget Sound Region.

For now, the agency has opened an Attended Donation Center (ADC) in the mall’s parking lot at 1700 Mile Hill Drive.

“We are excited to provide this donation center for Port Orchard residents, (whose) donations will help Goodwill fulfill its mission of changing lives through job training and education,” said Cindi Forslund, vice President of Retail. “Recycling reusable goods through donations is also a great way for donors to help the environment.”

Jennifer Hardison, executive director of South Kitsap Helpline, said the decision to change her agency’s thrift store into a bazaar/consignment store was not a reaction to the Goodwill store opening here.

“We learned about their plans about a week and a half after we made our decision,” Hardison said, describing the events as coincidental ones that happened to have very good timing.

“(Their store) would have killed us,” she said, explaining that the remodel of Helpline’s store is “going really, really well,” and “we are just about full to capacity with vendors.”

Hardison said even without a new sign — which is almost ready — out front, the space that has several different vendors selling their wares is attracting customers, both from outside and inside the building.

“One thing we never really anticipated is that the vendors would be buying from each other,” she said. “We’re so relieved we made the change. It was a good move — we felt in our guts it would be.”

Goodwill’s local ADC is now open every day from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., during which times there are staff available to help donors and to offer them a tax receipt for their items .

Seattle Goodwill is a private, nonprofit organization that has served the North Puget Sound since 1923 by providing free job training and education programs to low-income individuals.

For more information call (877) GIVE4GOOD or visit www.seattlegoodwill.org.

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