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Goodwill set to reopen next month

Q: Why has the Goodwill store on South Main Street been closed? Will it reopen?

The Goodwill store located at 1425-A on South Main St. in Farmville closed at the beginning of July for renovations but is set to reopen in mid-August.

The renovations are being performed by E&K Fine Properties, LLC, a company based in Farmville that works with nonresidential properties.

The store’s closing and renovations began July 5.

Kevin Coro, of E&K, who is the contractor for the Goodwill renovations, said the store would have a new layout, and patrons could expect to see changes in the store’s fixtures.

“In conjunction with the Goodwill staff, we are (totally) renovating the store to bring it in line with their new store concept,” Coro said. “The customers will see an all-new store layout with new fixtures.”

Coro said the renovations will resemble the look of Goodwill’s newest stores, which includes a location in Blackstone.

He said the Farmville store will have more wall racks, store clothing and other goods.

“It’s going to look more like a retail store,” Coro said.

Once the flooring is installed, Coro said Goodwill staff will take over to complete the renovations.

The store is expected to reopen mid-August, Coro said.

Gary Cotta, the president and chief executive officer of Goodwill Industries of South Central Virginia, Inc. said the Farmville store recently entered a 10-year lease at the location, making it a good opportunity to make the renovations.

In addition to the new layout inside of the store, Cotta said renovations to the donation site at the rear of the store will also allow for greater ease for customers to bring donations and for employees to bring them into the store.

While an exact reopening date has not been determined, Cotta said he expects the store to have a sale on the day of reopening.

Going forward, Cotta said he’ll look into providing service opportunities for students at Longwood University and Hampden-Sydney College at the Goodwill location.

“We hope that people will continue to shop there and that we are continuing to offer services,” Cotta said.

Farmville residents can still donate clothing and household items at the rear of a store space near Hometown Rental on South Main Street, Coro said.

Goodwill, a nonprofit, accepts and sells gently-used items. Proceeds from these sales go toward educating and providing workforce training to people who experience barriers to employment, according to its website.