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Temporary Goodwill store to remain open in Carthage - KOAM TV 7

Temporary Goodwill store to remain open in Carthage

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After the May 2011 tornado destroyed the Goodwill store in Joplin, it set up a temporary location in Carthage that October.

With a ribbon cutting planned for next week for the re-opening of the Joplin location, the non-profit decided to turn the temporary Carthage location into a permanent fixture.

"I'm looking forward to it," says Joplin resident Paula Taylor. "The economy's so bad everybody needs to save as much money as they can and the more stores we have the better."

"There have been a lot of very pleased responses - they've hugged a lot of the employees that have worked here about their excitement," says Evelyn Keller, the manager of the Carthage Goodwill store. "Joplin has needed it, very badly, so it's going to be exciting that the customers have that option to shop over there or here in Carthage and get an affordable price."

Goodwill headquarters says that the choice to stay open was a business one.  The Carthage location brought new faces and extended sales enough for them to keep both locations available for the surrounding areas.

"I'm a regular here, on Monday's, Wednesday's and Friday's when they get shipments in and I love all the girls here and they all know me by my first name and it's just for a good cause," says Carthage resident Kimmy Kennell.  "We've always been bargain shoppers our whole life anyway.  "I do occasionally (go to the Joplin store), but now that it's in Carthage I will probably just stay right here."

The Goodwill headquarters says they received many requests from customers to keep the Carthage location open and are excited to offer two locations in such close proximity to each other.

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