Goodwill Industries of Northwest North Carolina announced the opening of its newest retail store in the town of Laurel Park, near Hendersonville. The store will open on May 21 at 1731 Brevard Road, the former site of Fran’s Fashions.
The Laurel Park store will offer shoppers the same great bargains they have come to know at all Goodwill stores, but will have different hours of operation. The new store will be open Monday–Saturday, 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. and Sunday, 1 – 6 p.m.
Although the new store will not open to shoppers until May 21, it is accepting donations now. Donations of any kind are always needed and appreciated: clothing, electronics, home goods, furniture, jewelry, books, computer equipment and shoes are in high demand.
In 2014, Goodwill Industries of Northwest North Carolina helped 32,872 people plan for new careers, improve their employability, obtain marketable job skills, and earn nationally-recognized, industry-specific credentials. In western North Carolina alone, Goodwill’s programs trained more than 6,000 people for careers in diverse sectors such as hospitality, office technology and healthcare and provided support services that helped nearly 1,200 people land jobs. Goodwill offers college credit and continuing education courses specifically targeted to local employer needs. Courses in healthcare, computer technology, and hospitality are examples of current focus areas. Additionally, Goodwill’s Career Connections Centers offer free job readiness training and job search assistance.