By: Duane Blankenship | Category: Retail | Issue: June 2009
Goodwill in Claremore reopened on April 29 after a two-month remodel. The team includes (L to R) store manager Liz Campbell, Melanie Morose, Kate Bubp and Ramona Wimp.
There were many smiling faces returning to the Goodwill store in Claremore on April 29, following a remodeling and expansion project that necessitated closing the store for two months. One customer at the reopening joked, “I think I’ve been having withdrawal symptoms.” The shopper explained that she had been a steady customer since the store opened in Claremore over 30 years ago. “People could never understand how I could afford to keep my two boys and myself looking so stylish!” One of her sons, now in his 40s, was also in attendance at the store’s reopening. “Goodwill has been a favorite shopping destination in the Claremore community for over 30 years,” said store manager Liz Campbell. “This is the first time that an expansion and total makeover has taken place.” Liz added that the finished project is beyond what she and other employees had expected, and they look forward to being able to serve their customers in the Claremore area better than ever before. “Trucks deliver merchandise three times each week – Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, which allows us to freshen our selections every day,” said Liz.
The store is more spacious now and offers a beautiful, inviting shopping experience. Visitors are finding it easier to move around and make their selections from the expanded inventory. New wall and floor displays allow the staff to display 20 percent more merchandise than before the remodel. The first time you revisit Goodwill, you will be amazed at the transformation of the store’s interior.
Goodwill retail stores are recognized for their consignment-quality fashions at thrift store prices. Shoppers find Goodwill to be a great resource for stretching family budgets – something everyone can appreciate with the current economy. In addition to up-to-date fashions for the entire family, housewares, collectibles, books, toys and other merchandise are freshly stocked throughout the week. Great pricing and selection brings shoppers back to Goodwill again and again. Children’s coats and holiday fashions are priced as specials during certain times of the year, and all other children’s clothing is priced at $1.99 per item for all sizes.
Customers are invited to pick up a monthly value planner at the store, or visit the website at www.goodwilltulsa.org to view it. Goodwill Industries of Tulsa operates a total of nine retail stores. Information about all locations is available on the website.
Donations and purchases at Goodwill stores benefit the employment and vocational training programs of Goodwill Industries, which provide jobs, job training and independence to persons who face barriers to entering the workforce.
If you have yet to visit a Goodwill location to shop or drop off merchandise, you are truly in for a pleasant surprise. Go by the reopened Goodwill store in Claremore today and enjoy the good feeling you’ll get by stretching your budget and helping others at the same time.
Blankenship graduated from the University of Oklahoma and has enjoyed a lifetime career in advertising. He started his own advertising business in 1993 and enjoys creating graphic art and writing. Hobbies include hunting, fishing and pencil drawings. Duane and his wife, Janice, have been married over 50 years and are active in their church and community. He has been a contributing writer for Value News/Values Magazine since 2005.