Goodwill to open in Wapak

A Goodwill store will soon be opening its doors in Wapakoneta.

The Goodwill Easter Seals of Miami Valley will be opening up a Goodwill store at 1240 Bellefontaine St., in the shopping center across from Walmart, in February.

Miami Valley is the headquarters for the Wapakoneta region, which reaches as far north as Lima and as far south as Lebanon, and serves 23 counties.

“One of the nice features is a drive up door with a canopy,” Goodwill Easter Seals Marketing and Communications Coordinator Kim Bramlage said. “In addition to providing jobs, it will provide a great place to donate and shop.”

Not only will it provide jobs and shopping opportunities, it will help the local economy.

“It will be a nice boost to the Wapakoneta community and the economy itself,” Bramlage said.

This new business to the city should provide 12 jobs at the store, and in addition, the store will employ as many as five people with developmental disabilities.

“We will have job coaches that will work with them,” Bramlage said.

The mission of Goodwill/Easter Seals of Miami Valley is to empower people with disabilities and other needs to achieve independence and enhance their lives.

Bramlage noted that 50 percent of the staff in the region have disabilities.

Goodwill Industries International enhances the dignity and quality of life of individuals, families and communities by eliminating barriers to opportunity and helping people in need reach their fullest potential through the power of work, and the Easter Seals has been helping individuals with disabilities and special needs, and their families live better lives for nearly 90 years.

All of the proceeds that Goodwill earns goes back into local programs and services of the community it serves.

“We try to be located in a community to provide positive impact,” Bramlage said.

The money spent in the store will help local people with disabilities, and will help provide to programs and services of needs in the area.

“We are looking forward to joining and being in the community and have a presence here,” Bramlage said of Wapakoneta.

Bramlage noted they decided to put a store in the Wapakoneta area because this area in the northern part of their service area did not have a Goodwill store.

A “soft” opening will be held mid-to-late February, and this will be a time for coordinators to get their feet wet, and a grand opening of the store will take place in early March.