DERRY — Goodwill Industries of Northern New England invites shoppers and donors to the grand opening celebration of its new Derry store and donation center on May 10 at 9 a.m.
Celebration activities include the official ribbon-cutting ceremony, with door prizes and weekend-long raffle.
Customers will have the opportunity to learn about Goodwill's programs in New Hampshire that help strengthen communities and get people back to work.
The new 16,125-square-foot store is located in the new Pinkerton Place Plaza at 19C Manchester Road.
The new store will employ nearly 50 full -and part-time staff.
The store features a convenient donation drive-through and several environmentally friendly aspects, including an energy-efficient HVAC system, polished concrete floors, outdoor LED lights and large windows to reduce electricity use.
The new store resembles other Goodwill stores with many New England-style features.
A job fair held in Derry earlier this year hired 30 new employees for the store.
The new Goodwill also accepts used computer equipment through the ReConnect computer recycling program.
Randy Finamore, senior vice president of retail, said the store location offers great accessibility.
"The new store offers ease of access for shoppers and donors with ample parking and a drive-through donation center making the store fully accessible to members of the greater Derry community," he said.
The new store will feature a wide variety of donated goods including clothing, jewelry, books, household items and furniture.
Store and donation center hours are Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
"We are thrilled to expand our retail presence in the Derry community," said Anna Eleanor Roosevelt, CEO of Goodwill Industries of Northern New England. "Revenue from our stores is invested in programs that help New Hampshire citizens find employment and strengthen our local communities."
Goodwill Industries of Northern New England has a 79-year history and has 26 stores in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont.
In addition to providing a variety of items — from clothing to furniture, books and games — the company also provides support for many human services programs through store proceeds.
Visit goodwillnne.org for more information.
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