Louisville, KY— Today, Goodwill opened its newest store in Louisville, at 4950 U.S. 42. The new store is five times the size of the former Brownsboro Road store, which closed October 4.
The 12,418-square-foot store features an open layout, with signage throughout directing shoppers to specific departments. Murals and messaging in the store depict the nonprofit organization’s long history and impact in Louisville, where Goodwill Industries of Kentucky was founded in 1923.
“We want people to understand when they walk in that they are helping further our mission in their own communities,” said Amy Luttrell, president and CEO of Goodwill Industries of Kentucky. “By shopping with and donating to us, they are helping their own neighbors.”
Donations to Goodwill stay local and help people with disabilities or other barriers to employment in communities across Kentucky. In addition to operating 64 retail locations statewide that provide jobs and hands-on training, Goodwill offers employment counseling, adult literacy programs, and assistance with job search, preparation, and placement.
Goodwill placed Kentuckians into 2,881 jobs last year and paid nearly $18 million in wages to people with disabilities or other disadvantages.
Goodwill has relocated and upgraded several of its Louisville-area stores in recent years to align aesthetically with surrounding neighborhoods, including locations in Hikes Point at Taylorsville Road and McMahan Boulevard and in Middletown at Shelbyville Road and the Gene Snyder Freeway. In addition, a new store was constructed at 133 S. Hurstbourne Parkway, which opened in September 2012.
The new store employs 18 people.
“Our former Brownsboro Road store was bursting at the seams for years, which is really a testament to our neighbors’ support. We are excited to have a space that better reflects the expectations of customers and donors who have enabled us to grow our programs and services over the years,” said John Wade, vice president of Goodwill’s Louisville operations. “The new store gives us greater visibility, easier access, larger retail space, and ample parking.”
About Goodwill Industries of Kentucky
As one of the largest Goodwill organizations in the country, Goodwill Industries of Kentucky accepts a variety of donations, including clothing and other household items, which are sold locally in its stores. Donations are tax deductible and receipts are available. In fiscal year 2014, Goodwill Industries of Kentucky placed Kentuckians into 2,881 jobs and paid nearly $18 million in mission-related wages. Kentucky’s Goodwill has 64 stores throughout the state that provide jobs and hands-on job training. Goodwill also provides employment services and post-employment support to help people with disabilities or other disadvantages achieve and maintain employment to gain a better quality of life. For your nearest donation center and retail store, visit www.goodwillky.org.