On Wednesday, April 21st Goodwill officially opened the doors of its 30th retail store in the Shenandoah, New River, and Roanoke Valleys. The Ruckersville store is the first Goodwill store in Greene County, and joins many other businesses now opening north of Charlottesville on Route 29. The Greene County Economic Development Authority describes the area as a “fast growing gateway between dynamic Northern Virginia and Charlottesville”. A small, but dynamic team, the Economic Development Authority, specifically Tony Williams and Tracey Wingfield, were wonderful to work with and helped coordinate a fantastic grand opening for the new store. For more information on the Authority visit their website at http://eda.gcva.us/index.html.
So the GOOD NEWS? Even early on a rainy Wednesday morning, a large crowd showed up to welcome Goodwill to the community. Parking spaces were hard to find, buggies were rarely found not packed with treasures soon to find a new home, and smiling faces all indicated that Goodwill was a welcome addition to the Ruckersville and Greene County community.
Charlottesville’s WVIR NBC 29 joined the fun and featured the new store opening on its newscast. To view the story click on the link below:
To view photos from the event visit Goodwill’s Picasa Web Album at http://picasaweb.google.com/GoodwillValleys/RuckersvilleGoodwillStoreGrandOpening?feat=directlink.
Thank you to all of those that came out and welcomed Goodwill and for all of those who will donate and shop in the future. The stores are the backbone that last year enabled Goodwill to help more than 32,000 people in need of training and employment programs to get back to work.