Goodwill Industries of North Florida Inc. has made its return to the Jacksonville Beach community, re-opening its 25,500-square-foot retail store and donation center at 1036 Beach Blvd. on Thursday, June 22, following a massive overhaul.
The store had been closed since November.
The store’s much-anticipated return unveils a new two-story shopping and office complex featuring a retail store, a donation drive-through and a GoodCareers job center.
The free-standing building in Jacksonville Beach features an enlarged and bright sales floor, a larger backroom for processing donations, plentiful parking and a convenient canopy-covered drive-through for customers to donate their gently used items, without having to leave their cars.
The second floor houses a GoodCareers center, a no-cost, full-service career center for people who want to find a job and develop the skills to be successful in their search. GoodCareers centers offer hundreds of current job leads, soft skills workshops, use of computers for resumé prep and job searches, on-site interviews, career fairs, a Hello Line (a telephone line reserved for participants without a phone to allow employers to contact them), individualized career counseling and more.
“There has been so much enthusiasm and anticipation in the local community around the renovation of our popular Jacksonville Beach location,” said David Rey, Goodwill Industries of North Florida’s president and CEO. “This refreshed retail store is more reflective of our store model going forward, and we’ll be able to serve more people now with the addition of drive-through donation and an expanded GoodCareers center.
“It’s essential to our mission that we maintain that local support and engagement because our retail stores are the economic engine that supports our programs designed to train and employ individuals, removing barriers to employment.”
Store hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.
For more information, go to goodwilljax.org.