Goodwill in Cambridge is moving from Southgate to Steubenville
The Goodwill Store at 62133 Southgate Parkway will close Thursday evening to begin the move to its new location at 511 Steubenville Ave.
The new location, the former Jamboree Foods building, was chosen for its size, according to Jake Chema, president/CEO, Zanesville Welfare Organization and Goodwill Industries Inc.
According to Chema, the agency needed a larger space where it would have more square footage on the sales floor and in the processing area to more easily handle the donations.
The Old Southgate Parkway location was only 4,800 square feet while the new location is over 12,000 square feet.
Goodwill purchased the Steubenville Avenue building for $300,000 and the cost of renovations is not yet known.
The new location will offer a drive-thru donation drop-off area, which was not available at the former location.
“With this one, people don’t have to get out of their cars,” Chema said. “They can just pull up and a bell will go off and an employee will come out to the car and help them unload their vehicle.”
The new store will start accepting donations on opening day.
Local contractors, Jack Warne Construction and staff are working on finishing up the renovations, including paving the parking lot at the new location.
The new larger facility will create an additional five to eight jobs in the area.
According to Chema, the store has 13 employees and is looking to expand that to between 18 and 20 employees
Chema said there will be a soft opening instead of a grand opening for the new location.
The store hours will be 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 6:30 p.m. on Sunday.
Goodwill’s Mission is to provide work opportunities, skills development and employment services for people with barriers to employment, according to Chema.