January 13, 2017
Horizon Goodwill Industries recently marked the official opening of the largest store in Hagerstown, MD, which is located in the South End Shopping Center near Maryland Avenue.
Horizon Goodwill Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer John McCain said people have worked hard day and night for several weeks to ready the store for its opening. He said the store shelves are completely stocked and ready for people to shop.
The store, which is located along Maryland Avenue, is Horizon Goodwill's 18th.
The store held a soft opening two weeks ago in which store officials greeted many customers. The company held the ribbon ceremony on Tuesday.
Many elected officials were there to praise the work Goodwill has done.
Robert E. Bruchey is the mayor of Hagerstown, and he said Goodwill does a great service for the community.
Horizon Goodwill Board of Directors President Ron Bowers praised the organization leaders and employees for readying the store for its opening.
The organization's mission is to ensure people who have a hard time getting a job can become employed. It serves over 5,000 clients on a yearly basis within a 17-county region that includes the area of Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia and Pennsylvania.
McCain said the organization wants to remove the barriers that keep people from working, and one the ways they do this is to operate several businesses. The company has 18 retail stores but also has contracts with the government and commercial businesses.
He said there around 400 people employed in the network. Approximately 20 people have been employed at the new location, which is the organization largest, taking up 18,000 square feet. The store includes items like clothes, hats, books, household items, etc.
McCain said the organization wanted to offer convenience, being centrally located around other popular businesses. He said the area has a gym, which means people who lose weight can donate their clothes. He said people who want to go swimming and forget a towel can run in quickly and purchase one. McCain said the area was ideal for both donors and buyers.
People can use the drive-thru drop-off site for their items. The organization said the feature has been offered in many locations.