Goodwill is set to open its new Olympia store on Martin Way at noon Feb. 19, following a ribbon cutting ceremony at 11:45 a.m, the company announced Thursday.
The soon-to-open store at 4014 Martin Way, which will be Goodwill’s sixth in Thurston County, is an outlet store with a recycling center.
Goodwill operates several store formats. Here’s how they work, according to spokesman George White.
High-value merchandise or collectibles are sold online, followed by Blue, which sells designer clothing, shoes and accessories at its boutiques.
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Below that are the traditional retail stores, such as those found in west Olympia and Lacey.
If clothes, for example, don’t sell at either the boutiques or the traditional Goodwill retailers, they are sold at the outlet stores — by the pound, White said.
If they don’t sell after that, the clothes or merchandise are sent to Goodwill recycling centers where they are taken apart and the raw material is sold, he said.
Goodwill originally had aimed to open the new Olympia store on Feb. 5, but that was delayed two weeks, White said.
Still, customers have been showing up since then, he said.
Thurston County currently is home to five Goodwill stores: one in Yelm, two in Lacey and two in Olympia, including a Blue boutique downtown.