The new Goodwill store on Emory Valley Road opened on Friday, September 18.
The new store replaces the former Oak Ridge Goodwill, which was located on South Illinois Avenue.
There was a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new store on Friday, September 18.
“The new location…will provide a brighter shopping space with a significantly larger center for job training efforts,” the company said.
Executives said the new store, located at 697 Emory Valley Road, next to the new Hank’s Market, will continue to receive and sell donations of gently used clothing and household goods. Proceeds from the sale of goods in this and other Goodwill stores will fund job training programs and employment opportunities for people with barriers to employment in and around Oak Ridge, a press release said.
The company said Goodwill has offered a wide variety of employment training programs in Oak Ridge since 1988, including vocational evaluation and trial work experiences, work adjustment, school-to-work programs, driver’s education, computer applications courses, job readiness training, and job placement. By changing locations in Oak Ridge, Goodwill expanded their training area from 600 square feet to more than 1,500 square feet.
Goodwill Industries-Knoxville serves 15 counties in East Tennessee. In 2014, they served more than 4,000 individuals through vocational services and employment opportunities. For more information about their programming, call (865) 588-8567 or visit www.gwiktn.org.
The release said Goodwill Industries-Knoxville Inc. operates 30 retail locations and five employment training and rehabilitation centers throughout its 15-county service area.
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