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Goodwill shows off new stores on Peters Creek Parkway


Goodwill Store - Winston-Salem Outlet Center - Forsyth County

Winston-Salem NC

Shoppers find excellent deals at the new Winston-Salem Outlet Center.

Shoppers find excellent deals at the new Winston-Salem Outlet Center

Shoppers will have two new stores to visit in southern Winston-Salem when Goodwill Industries of Northwest North Carolina opens its Whitaker Regional Operations Center on Thursday.

The center at 2760 Peters Creek Parkway, just across from Graybar Electric Co., houses a regular retail store, an outlet store, and a Career Connections Center that provides free career counseling service to job seekers.

Goodwill has also moved its recycling center as well as its computer recycling program that is offered through a partnership with Dell to the new 47,000 square-foot Whitaker regional center from its University Parkway location. Goodwill put $6 million into the project for the building and land.

This is the nonprofits' first building in North Carolina to apply for certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. Walter Robbs Callahan & Pierce Architects PA in Winston-Salem designed the project to comply with LEED standards.

"We've literally been green for 86 years," Art Gibel, the president and chief executive of Goodwill Industries of Northwest North Carolina, said today following a dedication ceremony at the center. "We recycle clothing that helps us take the proceeds and help people recycle their careers, so going green was just a natural, short step for us."

Green features used in the building include energy and atmosphere, water efficiency and recycled materials.

For example, energy usage in the center is estimated to be 30 percent less than a standard building as a result of the installation of insulated concrete panels, newly designed heating, ventilation and air conditioning equipment and water-efficient faucets and toilets. Also, a majority of the construction materials used had a recycled content of 75 percent or more.

The new center has 65 employees, of whom 30 are in new jobs.

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