The Goodwill store in Mount Vernon is set to relocate, and officials hope the move will give the business park in the 200 block of East College Way a boost in the process.
MOUNT VERNON — The Goodwill store in Mount Vernon is set to relocate, and officials hope the move will give the business park in the 200 block of East College Way a boost in the process.
The nonprofit secondhand-goods store will relocate in May to the former Rite Aid location, which has been vacant for about two years.
The larger space will allow Goodwill to consolidate its sales and employment-training facilities into one location, said spokeswoman Katherine Boury. The current employment-training building is across the parking lot from Goodwill’s retail space at 102 Valley Mall Way.
Officials said the move will further help to spruce up the business park, which at one point was mostly vacant.
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The former Albertsons location, which has been vacant for nearly 10 years, will be the only empty storefront when Goodwill opens at its new location. But that is likely to change soon; Tractor Supply has a permit to move into the space once it finds a building contractor to help redevelop.
“It’s certainly an underutilized space as it is,” Mount Vernon Chamber of Commerce President Andy Mayer said. “The fact they are putting it to good use shows the good redevelopment of that space.”
It’s a positive direction for prime real estate bordering Interstate 5.
“The Goodwill will get much more business being on College Way,” Mount Vernon Community and Economic Director Bob Hyde said.
Boury said the move will help Goodwill improve cohesion between its job-training programs and retail, with both operating in the same building.
The nonprofit served 504 students this past year, Boury said, with classes such as GED preparation, English and retail customer-service training.
“Most people know us for our stores, but (job training) is why we do what we do,” Boury said.
Construction crews have been remodeling Goodwill’s future home for the past couple of months. There are no plans yet for Goodwill’s current spaces.
Government officials such as Hyde are pleased with the business park’s resurgence, with full tenancy in sight. Hobby Lobby and Dollar Tree moved into their locations two years ago.
“I’m glad (Goodwill) discovered that spot and worked it out with the owners,” Hyde said. “The owners wanted the right mix of stores in there. It’s a nice situation with Dollar Tree, Hobby Lobby and Goodwill.”