Tonawanda News

Local News

March 21, 2013

Goodwill hunting

Tonawanda News — As Western New Yorkers continue to reel from years of economic depression, Goodwill Industries says its presence has become increasingly popular. 

And that was one of many reasons the not-for-profit launched a new store in North Tonawanda’s Mid City Plaza this week, the organization’s CEO Tom Lynch said. 

The Western New York outfit, as well as the many others around the country and the world, provide jobs and training for “people who are facing challenges” such as the “physically and developmentally disabled and the economically disadvantaged,” Lynch said, while the local organization has also seen 30 percent growth over the last two years. 

Nine local jobs were added to its portfolio Monday when a ribbon-cutting ceremony was held on Payne Avenue. Some of the new hires were recently let go when another mainstream retailer, the Fashion Bug, closed in the same building where the Goodwill just opened. 

Lynch said the store, more than 8,000 square feet, now stands as the largest of the group’s nine retail outlets, with the 10th opening in Batavia next month. Goodwill Industries of WNY also added a drop-off trailer this week at the nearby Tops Friendly Market on Meadow Drive. 

“North Tonawanda is a distinct community that is underserved,” Lynch said of the decision to open a new location. “People in Western New York are facing challenges and we give them opportunity. We have nine or 10 people working in North Tonawanda that maybe wouldn’t be working otherwise.” 

Lynch said he saw many former customers return in 2008 and 2009 after the economic recession gripped the country. And while there has been a rise in jobs since then, many continue to return as the organization often tracks its customers through a loyalty program. 

“When they saw what they could get, they stayed,” he said. “Why buy a brand name for $30 when you can buy it for $5?” 

Text Only
Local News
Featured Ads
Seasonal Content
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Facebook
Front page
NDN Video
Raw: Israel Bombs Multiple Targets in Gaza Veteran Creates Job During High Unemployment Raw: Cargo Craft Undocks From Space Station Widow: Jury Sent Big Tobacco a $23B Message New Orleans Plans to Recycle Cigarette Butts UN Security Council Calls for MH 17 Crash Probe Obama Bestows Medal of Honor on NH Veteran Texas Sending National Guard Troops to Border Hopkins to Pay $190M After Pelvic Exams Taped Foxx Cites Washington 'Circus Mirror' NASA Ceremony Honors Moon Walker Neil Armstrong Obama Voices Concern About Casualties in Mideast Diplomacy Intensifies Amid Mounting Gaza Toll AP Exclusive: American Beaten in Israel Speaks Obama Protects Gay, Transgender Workers Raw: Gaza Rescuers Search Rubble for Survivors Raw: International Team Inspects MH17 Bodies Raw: 25 Family Members Killed in Gaza Airstrike US Teen Beaten in Mideast Talks About Ordeal 'Weird Al' Is Wowed by Album's Success