SARASOTA/BRADENTON, FL – Goodwill Manasota listened when local residents in the Laurel/Nokomis community requested that the Goodwill clearance center return to serving as a retail store. On May 14, the Goodwill clearance center located at 2210 N Tamiami Trail, Nokomis closed its doors to prepare for the Grand Re-Opening of its Goodwill GoodNeighbor Center, with a full retail store and attended donation center on May 26. Donations will continue to be accepted and are most appreciated at the Laurel/Nokomis attended donation center.
“Goodwill prides itself on providing exceptional customer service and being responsive to the needs of the community. We listened to our customers in Laurel/Nokomis who wanted more than a clearance center and are thrilled to announce its return to a full retail store on May 26,” said Goodwill Manasota president and CEO Bob Rosinsky. “This grand re-opening is a testament to the connection Goodwill has in the community, and we appreciate all of the donors and shoppers who help us to expand our mission of changing lives through the power of work.”
The sales floor at the Laurel location is approximately 6,162 square feet and will offer more than 12,000 pieces of apparel along with books, electronics, housewares, new goods, and other fantastic finds for shoppers. It also allows Goodwill to continue to enhance its leadership development and job creation initiatives. Eight new jobs are being created to operate this store. The store and the attended donation center will be open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Monday through Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays.
For more information, or a full list of Goodwill retail locations and attended donation centers, go to experiencegoodwill.org.
PHOTO ID: Goodwill Manasota’s vice president of operations, Donn Githens, and vice president of the Foundation, Veronica Brandon Miller, at the Laurel/Nokomis Goodwill GoodNeighbor Center
About Goodwill Manasota
Goodwill Manasota is an industry-leading, 501(c)(3), not-for-profit organization that changes lives through the power of work. With the sales of donated goods and philanthropic donations, Goodwill is able to assist people with disabilities and other barriers to employment by providing job skills training and employment opportunities. In 2015, Goodwill Manasota served 22,739 people, placed 961 people in jobs and assisted 358 veterans as they reintegrated back into the civilian workforce. Goodwill Manasota’s economic impact back to the community is worth $81.3 million. Goodwill is one of the pioneers of the reduce-reuse-recycle movement and this past year diverted 41 million pounds out of the landfill. We accomplish our mission through a network of Good Neighbor Centers in Sarasota, Manatee, Hardee and DeSoto counties and our Mission Development Services (MDS) around North America. Goodwill Manasota is accountable to a local Board of Directors. Goodwill Manasota in essence belongs to this community, and is not owned by any individual or company. For more information, visit www.experiencegoodwill.org.