Pittsburg's Goodwill on indefinite hold - KOAM TV 7

Pittsburg's Goodwill on indefinite hold



Plans have changed concerning a new store that was to set up shop in Pittsburg. City officials have been told the project to build a goodwill store has been put on hold.

"We were notified by Goodwill representatives a little over a week ago that the Pittsburg store is indefinitely on hold," said Pittsburg Chamber of Commerce President Blake Benson. 

The news comes as a surprised to city officials, as a deal was reached with the city earlier this year to build a goodwill store at 2412 North Broadway. 

The city remains hopeful a ribbon cutting is still to come. 

"The amount of progress they made on the building and the fact it's so close to opening we're hoping this is just a temporary delay, "said Benson. 

Crossland Construction is the main contractor on the project and crews at the site say the building is finished, with a few final touches being made on the inside. 

It's a 7,000 plus square foot building with a price tag of $760,000, Goodwill accepts clothing donations and resells the items. 

"Well these stores have become very popular not only does it give our local shoppers another option but it's keeping our local shoppers in Pittsburg and that's one of our goals," said Benson. 

City officials believe the site could be move in ready for another business soon. 

"It has handicap assessable restrooms it would be ideal for any type of business that was looking for a building around the 7-thousand square feet size, Public Works Director Bill Beasley. 
"There was a dilapidated building there for eight to nine maybe 10 years so to have that building cleared off and a nice new attractive building there has made that corner much more attractive.

Goodwill Industries and Crossland Construction did not return our phone calls. 

Statement from Goodwill in response to the story previous aired. 
5:19 CST

"At Goodwill, our mission is to help the disabled and disadvantaged achieve their potential through work.  To fulfill this mission we rely on revenue generated from our retail stores and the generosity of our donors.
Until very recently, we eagerly anticipated opening a new store in Pittsburg.  Unfortunately, we must regretfully acknowledge that increasing economic uncertainty, highlighted by a lack of sufficient donations, rising transportation costs and the recent government shutdown, makes it unfeasible to continue with this plan at this time.
We appreciate the understanding and support of all of the communities in our region, and look forward to one day being able to serve the Pittsburg community."


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