Goodwill is heading into the former Circuit City store in the Springbrook Plaza. The location will be a last spot for items that don't sell in other Goodwill stores.
A Goodwill outlet store — different from the area’s other Goodwill stores — is set to open Feb. 12 in a long vacant location in Springbrook Plaza.
The store at 4379 Whipple Ave. NW will use roughly one-half of the space once occupied by the former Circuit City appliance chain store. The rest of the space has been leased to Sky Zone, an indoor trampoline park.
Goodwill Industries of Greater Cleveland and East Central Ohio operates the outlet location, which will carry items that have run through the sales cycle at other Goodwill stores.
Goodwill’s logo hangs over what had been the main entrance to the Circuit City store, which closed in March 2009.
A new entrance is being constructed for Sky Zone. Construction for that business is ongoing, said Elaine McCrimmon, a retail agent for plaza owner Fitzpatrick Properties. It’s expected that Sky Zone will open in late spring.
Goodwill’s outlet store will give the operation 23 stores in the 10 counties it serves. A traditional retail store — number 22 — will open Thursday in Mayfield Heights. There are eight Goodwill locations in Stark County, and the outlet store will be the ninth.
Ken Weber, Goodwill president and chief executive officer, said the outlet store will give customers another chance at merchandise. Meanwhile, every item sold is something that is kept out of a landfill, he said in a news release announcing the outlet store.
“You might call it the ultimate recycling program, with the added benefit of fueling job readiness and placement programs – something every Goodwill Store does,” Weber said in the release.
BY THE POUND
Goodwill stores sell items that have been donated by people in the community. Stores generally keep an item through a four-week sales cycle, with the price on an item dropping the longer it’s in the store.
Once moved to the outlet store, the items will be placed in large, shallow bins — instead of hanging from racks or sitting on shelves. Bins will be rolled onto the sales floor and refreshed throughout the day.
Items will be priced and sold by the pound. For example, textiles and shoes will be priced at $1.39 per pound, while electronics, books and household goods are 79 cents per pound and accessories — purses, hats, belts, scarves — will be priced at 50 cents each. Large items such as furniture and luggage will be priced individually.
Scales where shoppers can weigh merchandise will be centrally located in the store.
Selling goods by the pound also is done at a Goodwill Industries of Akron location, said Robyn Steinmetz, vice president of marketing and fund development for the Canton-based Goodwill operation.
The store’s sales area will cover 8,700 square feet, while 8,300 square feet are set aside as a recycling area to process items that don’t sell. The store also will serve as a drop-off spot for Goodwill donations, Steinmetz said.
Revenue from the Goodwill stores helps the agency prepare and train clients for jobs. The local Goodwill serves clients in Stark, Tuscarawas, Carroll, Cuyahoga, Geauga, Harrison and part of Lake counties in Ohio, and Brooke and Hancock counties in West Virginia.
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