Goodwill Industries shaking up competition in Waxhaw

Goodwill Industries shaking up competition in Waxhaw

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by RAD BERKY / NewsChannel 36 Staff

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Some worry Goodwill will hurt established charities and their own bottom line.

Posted on February 22, 2012 at 12:44 AM

Updated Wednesday, Feb 22 at 9:22 AM

WAXHAW, N.C. – Some store owners who sale second hand merchandise is concerned Goodwill will run them out of business.

Currently, a truck where donations can be dropped off is the only signs of Goodwill in Waxhaw but that is going to change.

By the end of 2012, Goodwill Industries plans to open a retail store in a shopping center off Providence Road in Waxhaw.

Not everyone in town is pleased.  "I don't want to see Goodwill come in and take away from the groups that currently are being donated to," said Lisa Thornton.

Thornton owns Sweet Repeats and More, a consignment shop not far from where Goodwill plans to locate.

Thornton worries about the other charity outlets in town like the Second Chance Boutique that helps fund a domestic violence shelter for women.

"I also don't want to see customers going somewhere else that is now helping those stores," said Thornton.

But Judi Abbott who operates Second Chance said, "I have no problem with Goodwill coming to town."

"People will go where their heart is," she said.  "If they have a heart for domestic violence they will come here. They will donate here. They will shop here. If they have a heart for job placement and helping other people get economic stability, they will go to Goodwill," said Abbott.

A spokesperson for Goodwill said that opening a store in Waxhaw would mean hiring 20 to 25 full time employees and that those salaries and the taxes that would be paid would mean $500,000 a year to the town.

April Hanna was dropping off some items to try and sell at Sweet Repeats.  She said she would give some things to Goodwill but would still keep bringing many items to Sweet Repeats.

"My son is special needs and my husband has been out of work for a year and a half so if we sell these clothes then that way I can get new clothes for my son," she said.

"The people, especially the people of Waxhaw, are very generous and there is definitely enough to go around," said Abbott.

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