Goodwill of Western New York held a ribbon cutting and grand re-opening ceremony in partnership with the Niagara USA Chamber of Commerce for its recently renovated and expanded store and donation center in Niagara Falls at 6530 Niagara Falls Boulevard. The Niagara Falls location originally opened in April 2018.
The renovated retail space, completed in partnership with Benderson Development and Kirst Commercial Real Estate, adds more than 40% of retail space giving customers a much larger selection of donated goods and recently added new products as well. A new drive-up covered donation center offers donors a quick and convenient option to donate during store hours. One of the goals of the new design is to encourage donors to come inside the retail space to find quality, budget friendly clothing and household items. The Niagara Falls store and donation center will operate from 10am to 7pm Monday through Saturday and 10am to 5pm on Sundays.
“With individuals and families looking for ways to cut their clothing and housewares budgets, the timing couldn’t be better to expand the Niagara Falls store and recommit to the Niagara Falls region,” said Thomas Ulbrich, Goodwill of Western New York President and CEO. “By incorporating Goodwill into their shopping habits, an average family of four can save more than $1,500 annually.”
“It is a great day to see the reopening of Goodwill’s newly expanded retail store. The work Goodwill does in assisting people with barriers to employment such as this store is such an important part of Workforce Development. We are proud to have them as partners in Niagara County,” stated Kory Schuler, Executive Director of the Niagara USA Chamber of Commerce.
Proceeds from all store sales support Goodwill’s mission of helping people train for, find, and keep jobs in Western New York. Goodwill’s latest workforce development initiative, Goodskills Career Builder (Goodskills), expanded into Niagara Falls in February 2023, building on its success in Erie County. Goodskills provides four weeks of training and experiential learning at no cost to participants and prepares and places individuals in advanced manufacturing careers. Classes are held at the Orleans-Niagara Workforce Training Center in downtown Niagara Falls and enrollment is open.