Goodwill set to open store in Danville

DANVILLE — In less than three weeks, a new Goodwill store will open in the former Osco drug store on the corner of Gilbert and Fairchild streets. It will mark the first time in about six years that the building has been operational since it originally opened in 2001 as Osco drug store and closed about five years later when CVS bought out Osco.

"It's an ideal location for us," said Sharon Durbin, president and CEO of Land of Lincoln Goodwill in Champaign.

The Danville location will be the 10th store for Land of Lincoln Goodwill, she said. Land of Lincoln is based in Springfield and has 37 counties in its territory, including a few in Indiana. The organization spent more than two years looking for the right spot to open in Danville. The first day of operation will be April 26 with a ribbon cutting at 9 a.m.

"It's all timely the way this came about. It's just meant to be for us. We looked at a lot of buildings," she said.

The 16,000-square-foot building, which has been vacant since about 2006, will be very similar in operation and set-up to the 29,000-square-foot Goodwill store at 912 W. Anthony Drive, C.

The former pharmacy drive-up window will be available for people to drop off donations of clothing and other items. Durbin said the location will accept donations of household goods, clothing, shoes, old computer equipment and electronics, including televisions. She said the organization has a recycling partnership that allows them to accept items, except appliances and hazardous materials, for recycling.

The store will sell women's, men's and children's clothing, furniture and household goods. Most are donated, but some items are new and are donated by Goodwill's corporate partners, Durbin said.

The mission, she said, is to help people become self-sufficient through work, so the location will have a career center that offers programs to help find work for ex-offenders, persons with disabilities and others who need assistance. Individuals will have the opportunity to learn new computer skills or receive assistance in better marketing themselves for job openings. Utility assistance programs will also be available to help people work off delinquent utility, and even medical, bills.

Durbin said more than 85 percent of the organization's revenues come from retail sales in the stores or its recycling salvage operation. Other revenue some state grant sources.

Goodwill has already hired a dozen employees for the new location, and Durbin anticipates that number increasing to 16, possibly 20, depending how the location performs. The initial 12 have been working and training since December, she said, and are excited to get the new store open.

Hours will be 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and noon to 6 p.m. on Sundays.

Renovations are under way on the interior of the building, and Durbin said exterior work is scheduled to begin this week weather permitting.

John Heckler, public development director for the city, said inspectors have been working with the organization through the renovation process, but no major changes were required as it's a relatively modern building with sprinklers already in place, for example.

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