Hamilton County is getting its fourth Goodwill store, which will be the largest in a 23-county area.
“We expect the room to be busy all the time,” retail stores Director Daniel Moore said in a prepared statement.
-A ribbon cutting will take place at 9 a.m. on April 11.
-Tax-deductible donations of gently used items will be accepted at the new Goodwill store from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday.
-Regular store hours will be Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 6 p.m.
The store is in East Brainerd at 7601 East Brainerd Road in a former Food Lion grocery location in the Stratman Crossing Plaza.
The 40,000-square-foot store will have a new look and will employ about 30 full- and part-time employees.
“It’s a fresh, new approach in merchandising and store layout,” Moore said.
The store features large community room for meetings for local clubs and organizations. Area residents can reserve the room for free to be used by any organization by calling the East Brainerd store manager.
Goodwill’s youth mentoring program, YouthAdvantage, will run its summer program from the East Brainerd community room.
“This large room gives us even more opportunity to educate people about our services for people with disabilities,” Moore said. “It’s also the only available community room in East Brainerd.”
The store will also have a unique retail area for pets and animals, according to a news release.
The Goodwill Pet Boutique will offer a variety of donated items for pets of all kinds, including dogs, cats, hamsters, fish and more.
All Pet Boutique sales proceeds will help support Goodwill Assistance Dog Academy. The Bone Appetit Bakery, a vendor partner of the Pet Boutique, will donate unsold items from its store at 103 Frazier Ave.
Birdhouses and feeders, constructed by clients and employees of one of Goodwill’s newest employment-related mission programs, Fly Away Homes, will be featured as well. The East Brainerd store will be the only Goodwill retail outlet that offers the full line of Fly Away Homes products.
“We are always excited to open a new store, but we are particularly excited about East Brainerd because of the community center at this new location,” Dennis Brice, president and CEO of Chattanooga Goodwill Industries, said in a prepared statement.