New Goodwill location under construction in Orchards

The 25,000-square-foot building is expected to open next December

VANCOUVER — Bargain hunters in the Orchards area will soon have another option. Goodwill has started construction on a new retail location along Fourth Plain at 140th Avenue, just west of the WalMart store and other shops set to go in soon.

This rendering shows what the new Goodwill store on Fourth Plain at 140th Avenue will look like. Photo courtesy Goodwill Industries
This rendering shows what the new Goodwill store on Fourth Plain at 140th Avenue will look like. Photo courtesy Goodwill Industries

“It’s in a growth area, and an underserved area,” says Dale Emanuel with Goodwill Industries of the Columbia Willamette. “We don’t offer Job Connection in that area, and our ESL (English as a Second Language) classes and whatnot.”

The 25,000-square-foot building will have nearly 11,000 square feet of retail space, and should employ around 40 people when it opens. It will include space for Goodwill’s Job Connections program, which includes professional resume creation, schooling in job interviewing, providing work clothing along with job leads and computer access.

 

Construction is underway on a new Goodwill Retail location in Orchards. Photo by Chris Brown
Construction is underway on a new Goodwill Retail location in Orchards. Photo by Chris Brown

 

The nearest retail location is also on Fourth Plain, about 4.5 miles west, but it was one of Goodwill’s original locations in Vancouver, so it’s not quite up to their current standards of bright, open spaces. The Goodwill Outlet store, where unsold donations are put into bins and more deeply discounted, is about three miles away.

“The Outlet is a whole different animal,” says Emanuel, “and a lot of people don’t cross-pollinate. They just are outlet shoppers or retail shoppers.”

Emanuel says the goal is to open this December, but planning is already underway.

“We hoard some of the best stuff for grand openings, because they’re four days long and they’re crowded,” she says. “And we actually bring in managers and retail managers to man extra cash registers.”

Wal-Mart is visible from the construction site of a new Goodwill Retail location on Fourth Plain at NE 140th Avenue. Photo by Chris Brown
Wal-Mart is visible from the construction site of a new Goodwill Retail location on Fourth Plain at NE 140th Avenue. Photo by Chris Brown

Emanuel adds that a Goodwill grand opening often means lines out the door, and people sleeping in the parking lot waiting for opening. They usually plan to stock the store with four times as much as usual, to account for the four-day grand opening.

“Clark County is very, very good to Goodwill,” she says, “they are sometimes the number one region in the way of giving donations. So we don’t think we’ll be without donations to fill that store, but for the grand opening itself, we take special care. Because we really want to welcome people, and we want to give them a really good experience.”

Last year people in Clark County dropped stuff off at an area Goodwill store over half a million times, to the tune of more than 33 million pounds of stuff. That was 11 percent more than 2016.

Construction is underway on a new Goodwill Retail location in Orchards. Photo by Chris Brown
Construction is underway on a new Goodwill Retail location in Orchards. Photo by Chris Brown
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Chris Brown comes to Clark County Today with 15 years of local news experience as a reporter, editor, and anchor at KXL News Radio and KOIN-6 TV in Portland. In 2016, he won an Oregon Association of Broadcaster's award for Best Investigative Reporting for a series on America's Violent Youth. He has also been awarded by the Associated Press for Best Breaking News coverage as editor of Portland's Morning News following the 2015 school shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon. The second oldest of eight home-schooled children, Brown graduated from high school two years early. After several odd jobs, he earned an internship at KXL Radio, eventually working his way into a full-time job. Brown has lived in Clark County his entire life, and is very excited at the opportunity to now focus full-time on the significant stories happening in his own back yard, rather than across “the river.’’ After a few years in Vancouver, he recently moved back to Battle Ground with his wife and two young daughters. When he's not working to report what's happening in Clark County, Brown enjoys spending time with his family, playing music, taking pictures, or working in the yard. He also actually does enjoy long walks on the beach, and sunsets.

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