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Goodwill plans Morris store

Eyes location on Mission Parkway for new facility

Published: Thursday, July 25, 2013 8:57 a.m. CDT

A Goodwill retail store and warehouse are in the works for Morris.

“We’ve been looking at Morris for some time. We are still expanding. We have nine Goodwill stores right now and are expanding more and more everyday,” said Scott Jenkins, director of retail operations for Goodwill Central Illinois, on Wednesday.

The city of Morris’ Development Review Committee heard a presentation by Jeffrey Graves of JPG Commercial Real Estate on behalf of Goodwill during its regular meeting July 11.

Chairman of the DRC, Morris Police Chief Brent Dite, said last week the company is looking to locate on Mission Parkway.

The commission reviewed the plans, which are for a store and warehouse. The majority of the square footage is for the store, said Dite.

Jenkins said the company has property in Morris picked out and is in the process of purchasing, but could not comment further on the location. All of their stores have warehouses in the back to handle the donations.

If all goes as planned, he said, the store should be open in Morris before this time next year. The store would employ 25 to 30 people.

“We hope we’ll be welcomed,” said Jenkins.

According to its website, goodwillpeo.org, Goodwill relies on donors to “provide gently used items they no longer want or need. Shoppers purchase quality merchandise at affordable prices. And the revenue generated goes to train adults for employment, prepare young people for life and work, and help veterans readjust to civilian life.”

The site also states more than 92 percent of the proceeds from the stores stay in central Illinois.

During the DRC presentation, Dite said Graves referenced a change that was not illustrated in the plans. Since it was a significant change with the loading dock, the DRC had discussion, but took no action on the plans.

“It seems to be a very nice development and he will be back at the next DRC meeting with revised plans,” said Dite.

The next DRC meeting is tentatively scheduled at 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 8.

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