Goodwill seeks second location in E'town

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Ring Road site desired for years

By Marty Finley

Goodwill Industries of Kentucky hopes to build on its donor base in Elizabethtown.
The organization has submitted a development plan and architectural drawings to the Elizabethtown Planning Commission for a new donation and retail center at 3032 Ring Road. Goodwill representatives are scheduled to present the proposal to the commission tonight during a called meeting.
The new center, if approved, would expand Goodwill’s outreach in Hardin County. The center on North Dixie Highway in Elizabethtown would remain in operation.
Heather Hise, communications and public relations specialist for Goodwill Industries of Kentucky, said the facility is projected at roughly 10,000 square feet and would employ 10 to 12 full- and part-time workers. Goodwill places emphasis on hiring those with disabilities and other “disadvantages,” such as welfare recipients and low-wage workers.
Items donated to Goodwill stores are collected and sold at reduced prices as a way to provide employment and training to individuals and further literacy and counseling programs.
The center would join 58 Goodwill locations in 38 counties in Kentucky, with another facility in Paris set to open, Hise added.
The site on Ring Road has been targeted by Goodwill for more than three years, and Hise said the organization is fortunate the desired property is available for purchase — though Goodwill will not buy the land until it receives approval from the city.
Ring Road, she added, is an attractive corridor because of its heavy traffic flow and high number of established businesses. When searching for new locations, Goodwill tries to locate in such heavily-trafficked areas where local residents are running their errands, she said.
“It’s a really busy area of town, and a really good location,” she said, describing it as an ideal spot for Goodwill to increase its number of donors.
Hise said Goodwill has benefited from a strong interest in the Elizabethtown community and believes that generosity will continue at the new center.
“If we didn’t have the support, we wouldn’t be looking for a second location,” she said.
Hise gave no timeline on the center’s opening. She said it will be dictated by the city’s pace in approving the plan and time needed to close on the property.
However, should the city approve the proposal, there will be no hesitation on Goodwill’s part in proceeding, she added.
“We’ve been very blessed with Elizabethtown,” she said.
Marty Finley can be reached at (270) 505-1762.