New Goodwill Store Opening in Statesboro

Do you like a good bargain? There's one store you can shop and help people in need at the same time. Now Goodwill Industries has its biggest tool to make all that happen in the Coastal Empire at its new Statesboro facility.

Spend any time around manager Brenda Gant and you can feel the excitement. "Every day is like Christmas," she said.

She's getting everything in place for Friday's opening. But the bargains galore aren't their real purpose.

"The mission of Goodwill is to help those who are disabled or have other barriers to employment," she said. "We offer them training so they can become employed."

Sales of donated clothes, furniture and everything else pays for the training and provides skills training, too. With 10,000 square feet of sales space and another 8,000 for processing and storage, it's the largest Goodwill store in southeast Georgia.

Along with being the newest and the biggest, it's also the first building Goodwill planned and built from the ground up. That includes little extras like a donation drive-through. You won't have to get out of your car to give.

Goodwill leaders say the building couldn't have happened without the giving of people in Statesboro and Bulloch County. "That generosity has been apparent to us for years and we've wanted to have a site that utilizes that generosity," said CEO Bill Oakley.

Brenda says the newest and biggest will likely be the busiest once the doors open.

Last year, Goodwill trained 700,000 people nationally for the workforce. The Statesboro store opens Friday at 10am and is located on Georgia Highway 80 east next to Lowe's.

Reported by: Dal Cannady,