The store has 12,000 square feet of shopping space and is expected to create roughly 40 jobs in the west Marietta community, according to a Goodwill spokeswoman.
In addition to the store, this location will have a large drive-up donation center. Customers who visit the store from May 23 to May 26 will be eligible for hourly drawings for Goodwill gift certificates.
Goodwill has six stores in Cobb County alone and also operates several donation centers in the county.
Goodwill decided to open its newest facility in west Marietta because Goodwill executives thought the location would be conducive for taking in donations but also be convenient for shoppers, said Elaine Armstrong, director of public relations for Goodwill of North Georgia.
Goodwill’s mission is creating jobs in the north Georgia region, she said.
The profits from Goodwill’s west Marietta store will fund local career centers that offer a variety of job-training programs ranging from forklift training to custodial certification.
“Every Goodwill funds some type of training program; it’s all about putting people to work,” Armstrong said.
Armstrong said the training programs are open to anyone, not just Goodwill employees. She also said that most of the programs are free of charge.
Some Goodwill programs, like the Women in Non-Traditional Occupations program, which teaches women how to weld and paint among many other jobs, do have eligibility requirements.
In addition to job training, Goodwill career centers offer an entrepreneurial seminar program, GoodBIZ, which teaches participants how to start and operate a business.
Armstrong recommended those who are interested in participating in job training programs and entrepreneurial seminars visit Goodwill of North Georgia’s website, goodwillng.org.