NORTH CANTON  The corner of North Main St. and Applegrove in North Canton has been a busy place lately. Along with the remodel of the McDonald’s restaurant and the reported plans for a new Starbucks, Goodwill Industries of Greater Cleveland and East Central Ohio has broken ground for a new store at 1240 North Main St.

The current store on South Main Street will close one evening in mid-May 2018 and the new 17,000-square-foot store will open the next day. The new store will be more than double the size of the current store which opened in December 1998. There will be exits from the parking lot on to both Main Street and Applegrove.

The facility is being developed by Berengaria Development and Goodwill be leasing the facility with an option to purchase. Maureen Ater, vice president of marketing and fund development, said the current store is at capacity.

"The people in the North Canton community have been loyal shoppers and have made generous donations through the almost two decades the store has been open," Ater said. "We’ve been searching for a new location for several years now because the South Main store has been functioning at capacity. We need a bigger facility to serve the area. I think the community will be pleased with the new store which is modeled after the one in Jackson Township. The new location will have a canopy over the drop-off area and all of the different areas in the store will be expanded"

Goodwill Industries, Ater said, looks at what a community wants and needs when opening a new store. The North Canton store has been successful on all levels of success measured by Goodwill, including the volume of donations, sales per square foot and average ticket prices among other metrics.

"Thanks to the support of the North Canton community, the store has been a great success. The transition from the current location to the new store will be seamless. We do project an expansion of the current staff which is at 15. We’ll know how many more employees may be needed as we get further into the process," Ater said.

The new store will have a fresh exterior and contemporary retail atmosphere. The new model used by Goodwill Industries promotes positive shopping and donating experiences while supporting Goodwill’s mission. Ater said the plans are to have more space for clothing, housewares and other departments as well as making it easier to drop-off donations of items. Plus, the new store will include special sales and event areas.

"Opening a new store is always about supporting our mission. The retail operations support a network of mission programs supporting 14,000 people in 10 counties with eight counties in Ohio and two in West Virginia. Community services that are part of our mission include providing opportunities for building computer skills, strengthening families through parenting and other services, providing a variety of social services, job development programs and offering employment," Ater said.

Visit the website at http://www.goodwillgoodskills.org/ to learn more about Goodwill Industries and the organization’s mission.