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Goodwill planning to build larger store

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Goodwill Industries is planning to construct a new, larger building to replace its Greenwood store.

Goodwill wants to construct a larger store behind the existing store, at 709 U.S. 31 North, and then demolish the old building once the new store opens, project consultant Alen Fetahagic said.

The Greenwood plan commission recommended that the city change the zoning on Goodwill’s property to allow a larger store. The company plans to build a 21,500-square-foot store.

About one-third of Goodwill’s 4.6-acre property is zoned in a way that doesn’t permit the company to build a facility larger than 15,000 square feet, city planning director Ed Ferguson said.

Goodwill must get the property rezoned then pursue other approvals from the city, including approval of its building plans, before constructing the new store, Ferguson said.

The existing store is 16 years old and 20,000 square feet. Demolishing the old building will allow for the store to increase its parking lot from about 100 to 150 spaces. Goodwill plans to begin construction of the new store late this summer and finish in late fall or early winter.

The new store will provide more space to sort donations, spokesman Sam Perry said.

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