The new Avon Lake Goodwill store in Learwood () Plaza is one of several new businesses readying to open in Learwood Plaza in the next 30 days.
Store manager have set a grand opening is scheduled for Thursday, June 14 with a traditional ribbon cutting ceremony at 10am. During the ceremony local officials, community leaders, and Goodwill representatives will welcome the new store to the community.
The doors will open for shoppers at approximately 10:15 a.m.
During the Grand Opening festivities, shoppers will have the opportunity to register to win a $50 gas card and take advantage of thousands of bargains throughout the store. The new Avon Lake Store, located at 375 Lear Rd. (Next to Giant Eagle), will be open Monday through Saturday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sundays noon to 6 p.m.
Neighboring Avon operates a store on SR 83.
“A lot of people are asking why are we putting a store so close to another one,” Maretta Borden, Retail Director for Goodwill Industries of Lorain County said, noting there is another store on SR 83 in Avon.
“We try to have stores where the donations are and we know the customers will follow.
“We feel like we are missing a lot of donations in that area that could help our mission, which is to assist people with disabilities and other barriers to employment.”
Goodwill retail stores assist people with disabilities and other barriers to employment become more productive and independent community citizens through a process of education, training, and work services.
The new store will add six new jobs and provide one to two more. Goodwill of Lorain County operates six retail stores and donation centers with the Avon Lake Store becoming the seventh.
Donations will be accepted at the Learwood Square location.
An attended donation trailer is currently located in the main parking lot of the shopping center and is open Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sundays,10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Jenni Juggs, a southern comfort restaurant, is also looking at a mid-June opening (see story in next week’s Patch).