ELLSWORTH, Maine — Crews were still adding the finishing touches to the new Goodwill store at the Triangle in Ellsworth in preparation for its grand opening on Friday.
Goodwill Industries of Northern New England will celebrate the opening of its newest store and donation center at 9 a.m. with a ribbon cutting. The celebration will continue until 2 p.m. with door prizes and drawings.
The new store is located in the reconstructed Gould Ford building near the intersection of Routes 1 and 3. The 14,000-square-foot shop will offer a variety of donated and new items including clothing, books, household items, furniture and jewelry. It will feature more than 10,000 new items each week.
The store features a drive-through donation area. It also accepts used computers and parts through the ReConnect computer recycling program.
The new Ellsworth Goodwill store has created more than 25 new jobs for Ellsworth, according to Goodwill officials. The store was built with several environmentally friendly features, including an energy-efficient HVAC system, updated flooring, reuse of the steel frame from the previous building, and “green” windows to offset energy consumption. The building is also engineered for Energy Star compliance, which means Goodwill will be able to apply for Energy Star status after one year of operation.
The new store should attract customers based on the success of Goodwill stores in Bangor, Belfast and Brewer, according to Goodwill Retail Director Randy Finamore.
“Through proven support from customers in Bangor and the Midcoast, we are very confident the store will be a huge success in Ellsworth and the Greater Downeast community,” Finamore said in a press release.
The store and donation center will be open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday.