It’s called “fashion forward merchandising” and its first iteration will be revealed beginning June 6 at the grand opening of Tacoma Goodwill’s newest retail outlet.
A step up from the shopping experience available at typical Goodwill outlet stores, the new store – 25,000 square feet at 8025 S. Hosmer St. – will offer what a recent Goodwill press release calls a “Bon Marche/Macy’s and Meier & Frank experience.”
Major departments at the store include clothing, housewares, glassware, books and media, and toys and furniture.
And to fortify the claim of upscale retail, store manager Gloria Eubanks counts more than 30 years of experience working with Bon Marche, Macy’s and Meier & Frank.
Officials and dignitaries will cut the ribbon between 8:45 a.m. and 9 a.m. on Thursday, June 6. The event will feature an appearance by Goodwill’s Shopping Cart Drill Team.
Customers can expect refreshments as well as entertainment and face painting, according to the release.
The new store is the latest among 32 network stores in Southwest and Central Washington, and raises revenue for job placement, career training and educational services for some 9,000 low-income and underserved individuals in 15 counties.
Tom Pierson, president and CEO of the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber, said of the new store, “The chamber is very happy to report that 25 new area jobs will translate into approximately $503,000 in store wages and benefits for families, which also means paychecks that are spent in our area businesses. And each new employee that comes off of unemployment and other programs saves business and individual taxpayers about $13,000 per year.”