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New Goodwill Store Set to Open in Missoula

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The new Goodwill store in Missoula has an additional 5,000 square feet of space, and employees -- and community members -- couldn't be more excited about the grand opening tomorrow morning.

Employees say they've received more than 100,000 pounds of donations since they moved into the new location one month ago.

Jason Asher, Community Relations Officer for Goodwill, says the new store -- boasting more than 15,000 square feet of space -- is a remodeled and upgraded National Guard armory.

"We can even use that tank door to load our trucks now, which has been very cool to see," Asher said.

Employees said the old store, located off Brooks Street, was bursting at its seams. Now, the Missoula Goodwill has upgraded lighting, brand new flooring, and two donation lanes instead of just one.

"It's a beautiful store, this isn't your typical thrift store," he added.

"My jaw dropped when I walked in for the first time, I just kind of stopped… it's so much bigger than the last store," said Goodwill Associate Allana Triece.

Triece said community members are anxious to explore the new space.

"I know people have kind of talked about camping out, you know for the grand opening and getting here right at 8 a.m.," said Triece.

And, Asher said it's that kind of community support that allowed the business to move to the new location.

He explained, "Without the donations coming in, we never would have been able to do a larger facility to help support our programs."

Asher said the Missoula store is an agency of both Goodwill and Easter Seals International.

"Which allows us to provide both the best of the Goodwill job services and the Easter Seals disabilities services," Asher said.

Asher said more than 92% of Goodwill's proceeds go back into community organizations, like Missoula's "Play Program," which helps children with autism and other developmental disabilities. He added, Goodwill stores provide skills training opportunities for employees and volunteers.

"Folks are coming in, they may not stay with Goodwill forever, but they're going to get the skills they need to be successful for the rest of their lives," he said.

Triece said, "I feel really proud to work for Goodwill just because of what they do and the money they raise."

The Goodwill store opens its doors on Friday at 8 a.m., and the donation lanes are open everyday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

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