Goodwill Industries–Suncoast is stepping in to southeastern Hillsborough County in a big way, first, with the opening of a 200,000 square-foot distribution center and retail store and later this year, with a super store in Riverview.
“We are going to open the distribution center as soon as we can,” said Goodwill spokeswoman Chris Ward. “It’s pretty much complete. We’re just waiting on some permits and our certificate of occupancy.”
The new distribution center is at 1407 S. U.S. 301 near the overpass for the Lee Roy Selmon Expressway.
The new Riverview super store will be located at Big Bend Road and Summerfield Crossing Boulevard.
Ward said the retail store in the distribution center will be 12,000 square feet. It is expected to open in early April. The space will be stocked with donated clothing, household items and furniture, as well as a variety of brand-new products Goodwill offers. A drive-through donation lane on the south side of the building will make it easy to drop off donations.
“It’s a little smaller than our super stores, but it is all retail. Our super stores are typically 26,000 to 30,000 square feet but include areas for processing donations. In this case, the processing will take part in the distribution center.
“We hope to start moving things in to the distribution center soon.”
Goodwill Industries–Suncoast spans 10 counties including Polk and Marion. The existing distribution center is in South St. Petersburg.
“This one is a more central location,” Ward said, and will replace the South St. Pete operation. Goodwill rents the space in St. Pete. “This new location is not only more central, but near major highways. It will be more economical and efficient as far as getting goods to all our networkers.”
The distribution center also includes office space for managers overseeing the operations.
The new store is Goodwill–Suncoast’s 20th retail store and its first new store in Hillsborough County since 2002. It also has 57 remote sites where donations are made. Trucks go to those remote locations to get donations and deliver them to the nearest retail store. All those trucks will be staged at the new distribution center, which will also be the staging area for new products Goodwill sells.
Goodwill is hiring a total of 57 people. “A lot of those are for retail management, assistant managers, retail associates and a number of people to sort and price donations. And we are hiring 18 people for the new goods operation and 12 people as dock workers for the distribution center, itself,” Ward said.
The nonprofit is hosting a job fair at its Brandon store at 1106 E. Brandon Blvd. Feb. 21 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Hiring managers will be at the Brandon store to interview applicants. Job seekers are also encouraged to apply online at https://goodwill-suncoast.org/careers/ before attending the job fair, but walk-ins are welcome. Job candidates must be at least 18 years old. For a list of available positions, visit https://jobs.goodwill-suncoast.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=page.employment.
Goodwill offers a comprehensive benefits package and is an equal opportunity and affirmative-action employer and a drug-free workplace.
The mission of Goodwill Industries–Suncoast is to help people achieve their full potential through the dignity and power of work, according to a press release. The organization’s retail operation helps support its human services in 10 counties in West Central Florida including employment services, training and job placement for people with disabilities, a children’s literacy program, affordable apartment communities for seniors and people with disabilities and community corrections programs.
For more information, visit www.goodwill-suncoast.org.