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A new canopy over the donation area at the Ashland Goodwill store on Nov. 8. (Photo courtesy of Goodwill)

Goodwill store to close for remodeling

Ashland’s Goodwill store on Tolman Creek Road closes Wednesday, Nov. 14, for remodeling, with reopening set for 9 a.m. Friday, Nov. 23, the day after Thanksgiving.

Goodwill will continue to accept donations from 9 a.m. and 8 p.m. daily, but not on Thanksgiving.

The remodeling will create “an improved shopping experience for customers,” according to Goodwill’s announcement about the closure, plus more safety for donations.

“The people in Ashland have been very supportive of us and they deserve the best place possible to shop and donate,” said Goodwill Vice President of Retail and Operations Dave Robison. Goodwill has occupied the space since 1991.

Much of the early construction was accomplished in phases to keep the store open. On Black Friday, the store will resume regular business hours with an entirely new layout, including placement of the checkout registers, the dressing rooms, restrooms, and even the ceiling, which will be higher.

The remodeling project started in August.

Outside, the donations door has moved to the back of the building with a new canopy overhead. The asphalt has been replaced and restriped for clearer directions for parking and traffic. The one-way traffic direction has been reversed to make for a safer flow for traffic and to avoid having the donations queue of cars back up onto Tolman Creek, as it had in the past. Customers will now enter at the north side of the building and exit where the donations door once was.

“It’s going to be more shopper-friendly and more open,” Robison said. It’s a layout that makes more sense and it’s better for loss prevention, plus there will be a better selection of items.”

A grand re-opening celebration will be held Nov. 29 through Dec. 2. Doors will open at 9 a.m. each day with the first 50 shoppers making a purchase receiving a free gift each of those days.

Sales of donated goods fund Goodwill’s mission of enabling employment by providing opportunities for personal and professional growth. Southern Oregon Goodwill invests 86 cents of every dollar it receives directly on programs and services to fund job training programs.

Southern Oregon Goodwill Industries, one in a network of 161 Goodwill member organizations in the U.S. and Canada, is headquartered in Medford. Revenue generated through the sale of donated goods is used to fund job training and employment programs for the people in Southern Oregon in Douglas, Jackson, Josephine and Klamath counties, and Siskiyou County in California. In 2017, 5,947 people in those counties benefited from Goodwill services.

The Ashland store is at 639 Tolman Creek Road in Ashland.

For more information, visit www.sogoodwill.org/shop/ashland-remodel.

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