Goodwill readies for Corinth opening

CORINTH – Retail space in Corinth Commons that was leased last year to house an Office Depot store will become the site of a new Goodwill Industries retail store in mid-November.
The site, a freestanding building in a shopping plaza that includes Sweet Peppers Deli, an AT&T customer service center and other popular eateries and stores, is ideal to draw the kind of traffic they like, said Goodwill spokeswoman LuAnne Kirschner.
“Convenient locations make it easier for people to drop off their donations,” Kirschner said. Location also is key to making shopping in the stores more accessible.
As a charity, Goodwill Industries sells the donated items in its retail stores to support various mission services, including job training for people with physical or developmental disabilities, job and vocational training for people with barriers to employment, job placement services, human services programs and more.
Goodwill recently has opened other stores across northern Mississippi, including Southaven, Olive Branch, Hernando and Oxford.
“We’ve had openings for about eight months from Memphis to Jackson,” Kirschner said. “We’ve upgraded all of our stores, putting them either in new or totally renovated buildings.”
Corinth is expected to benefit from a direct economic impact of about $859,000, which includes about $438,000 in payroll.
“In Corinth we will begin with 20 new jobs, but eventually that will increase to 35 full-time jobs,” she said.
So far Goodwill has invested about $600,000 in preparing for its move-in, including a contract with H.M. Williams Construction of Tupelo for $300,000 of interior finishing and creating a drive-through for donations.
The 21,000-square-foot space includes a sales floor of 13,000 square feet, donation processing of 6,000 square feet and a classroom area for community involvement.

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