Goodwill opens new stores in north Fulton

The opening of two new Goodwill stores in early June meets more than one need, a representative said. Goodwill of North Georgia opened a new store in Sandy Springs Thursday. A location in Roswell opened on June 4. Director of Public Relations Tenee Hawkins said the new stores provide employment in a tough economy and affordable goods for shoppers.

“Demand for products and our services are doing very well,” Hawkins said. “And the stores support our mission to put people to work.”

Goodwill expected hundreds of shoppers on opening day of the Sandy Springs store located in Northridge Shopping Center at 8331 Roswell Road, Hawkins said. The thrift store is located in the former Kroger supermarket space.

It’s also less than five miles from an established location down the street. Hawkins said stores in close proximity are a benefit for people on thrift shopping sprees.

“We found these locations don’t cannibalize each other,” she said. “A lot of thrift shoppers are repeat customers and they like to go from one location to another.”

The new Roswell store is inside Indian Creek shopping center at 4905 Alabama Road.

The locations each have a drive-up door to drop-off donations.

Goodwill has social distancing and safety measures in place for the coronavirus pandemic. According to a statement they include one-way traffic on each aisle; plexiglass at the cash register; and the disinfecting and wiping down of cart handles after every use.

Fitting rooms are closed temporarily.

“The health and safety of our team members, shoppers and donors remain the highest priority,” Goodwill President and CEO Keith Parker said.