Grand Opening of the Goodwill in Rutland Vermont

Goodwill Store Grand Opening - Rutland VT

February 2016

Goodwill of the Berkshires and Southern Vermont announces that it is opening a thrift store conveniently located on Route 7 in Rutland in the storefront formerly occupied by Laflammes Furniture Mall. The 10,000 square foot retail enterprise, located at 230 North Main St., Suite 6, will open on March 4.

“We are very excited to be a part of the Rutland neighborhood, bringing the Goodwill shopping experience to the area, and look forward to serving the community,” said Frank Engels, CEO of Goodwill of the Berkshires and Southern Vermont.

The nonprofit organization operates a total of four other stores in western Massachusetts and southern Vermont.

Goodwill’s spacious new retail operation in Rutland will offer customers a pleasant shopping experience with wide aisles, product displays and signage, and an excellent selection of high-quality new and gently used merchandise that will be restocked hourly, said Engels. Shoppers will find seasonal clothing for children, teens and adults, prom dresses, shoes, jewelry, furniture, books, and household and media items, he added.

A grand opening celebration and ribbon cutting ceremony will be held at the Goodwill Store on Friday, March 4 from 10 to 11 a.m. The public is invited to attend the event, which will feature remarks by Engels, Rutland Mayor Christopher Louras, and Tom Donahue, CEO of the Rutland Region Chamber of Commerce. Refreshments will be served.

On Saturday, March 5 drawings for door prizes will be held at the store each hour, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Prizes include gift certificates for dining, lodging, salon and spa services, merchandise from area shops and more.

The Goodwill Store will be open daily, Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. For more information, call 802-772-4383 and visit www.goodwill-berkshires.org and www.facebook.com/GoodwillBerkshires

“Goodwill provides a great thrift shop experience,” said Engels. “And along with that will come our customized workforce development training programs.” The new store will enable Goodwill to expand their skill development and job training services in the southern Vermont region and communities, providing job skill training that helps people strengthen their family's economic status.

Goodwill worked very closely with the Rutland Region Chamber of Commerce in selecting the store’s location and promoting its launch. “We are thrilled that Goodwill has chosen to open a new store in Rutland and we sincerely appreciate their investment and creation of new jobs in our area,” said Donahue.

“This large, well-organized store offers our residents a wonderful shopping experience. I thank Frank Engels and Goodwill for their commitment to our community,” he added.

The Rutland store currently has 20 employees and Goodwill plans to hire four additional employees in March, said Engels. Thomas G. Kessop Jr. of Rutland was hired in November as the store’s manager.

The site also has a donation center where people are encouraged to drop off items for resale, including donations of gently used and new clothing, housewares, furniture, small electronics, and computer equipment and peripherals. Donors can receive a tax-deductible receipt for their donations.

Donations to Goodwill are also accepted at four additional locations in southern Vermont. For a list of donation locations and hours, see www.goodwill-berkshires.org/wheretodonate

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