Goodwill store slated to open in fall after ZBA grants approval

By SHERRI KOLADE
Times-Herald Newspapers

DEARBORN — Goodwill Industries of Greater Detroit received the final “yes” vote it needed to move in to Dearborn in the fall Wednesday.

Since January, Goodwill Industries went before the City Plan Commission four times asking for approval to open a store before getting approval at the last commission meeting April 9.

The Zoning Board of Appeals April 18 granted approval for the nonprofit Goodwill store slated to move into the former Inca Computer location at 22451 Michigan Ave., which has sat empty for 15 years.

Jeffrey Ukrainec, director of donated goods for Goodwill Industries of Greater Detroit, said he is happy about the approval.

“We’re grateful for the opportunity to be part of the Dearborn community,” Ukrainec said in a press release. “This Goodwill store is going to benefit Dearborn residents and neighboring businesses, as well as the thousands of people who remain unemployed throughout metro Detroit.”

He added that residents can rest assured that their finances will stay in Michigan.

“Customers and donors can feel good knowing they are supporting one of the only retail locations in metro Detroit that keeps all proceeds right here to help local people earn local jobs,” Ukrainec said.

He added that shoppers from Dearborn and surrounding communities won’t see typical merchandise from a second-hand store.

“(Customers) are going to find great deals on high quality, name-brand merchandise and vintage treasures in a setting that feels more like an upscale department store than a traditional thrift store,” he said.

The 15,000-square-foot store will be modeled after its store in Canton, at a cost of $500,000 for renovation.

It is estimated that the store will generate about 25 new jobs for Dearborn and is expected to attract 70,000 customers and donors.

Goodwill Public Relations and Special Events Director Mark Lane said the new Goodwill location could bring in a revenue comparable to that of the Canton location; the location brought in $800,000 its first year and is up 44 percent in its second.

Individuals wanting to donate new or used clothing or other items to Goodwill Industries of Greater Detroit may drop them off at the store in Canton, 41937 Ford Road; at the organization’s Detroit headquarters, 3111 Grand River; or call 313-964-3900.

For more information on Goodwill, go to http://www.goodwilldetroit.org, connect with the organization on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/GoodwillDetroit

(Sherri Kolade can be reached at skolade@bewickpublications.com.)

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