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Goodwill breaks ground on new Worthington store (with video)

BRIAN KORTHALS/DAILY GLOBE Chamber ambassadors and other representatives throw a shovelful of dirt during the groundbreaking ceremonies for the Goodwill Industries building Thursday morning in Worthington.2 / 2

WORTHINGTON -- With heavy equipment moving dirt in the background, representatives of Goodwill Industries/Wall Street Mission joined Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce ambassadors Thursday morning for a chilly groundbreaking ceremony at the site of a new Goodwill retail store in Worthington.

Crews began dirt work at the site on the corner of Ryan's Road and Stower Drive earlier this week, according to Allan Stowe of Barclay, LLC, the project's developer. The 11,000-square-foot facility is projected to open in May.

More than half of the space will consist of a retail shopping area with additional space for sorting donated goods.

The facility will also have a drive-through area for people to drop off donations.

"We'll have a donation drive-through center just like your McDonalds or Starbucks," said Vilay Keokenchanh, Goodwill Industries/Wall Street Mission chief operations officer. "You don't even have to get out of your car."

The Worthington location will be the 20th store for the Wall Street Mission's regional territory, but it will be one of just a few that also features a special connection center, to include two or three computers. Keokenchanh said the area will be open to customers for use in resume creation and job searches.

"Our main mission is to help people with barriers find employment, if they don't have a computer or don't have internet access," Keokenchanh said. "(This) is a direct link from our retail and our mission."

Once open, the Goodwill Industries store will employ 12 to 15 individuals.

Stowe said the Worthington store is one of seven or eight that has been constructed under the direction of Barclay, and while it would have been nice to build in the summer, he doesn't anticipate many issues with wintertime construction.

"It's nice if you can get something open whenever you can get it open," he said. "It just depends on the weather."

Crews are currently working on the foundation and footings, with protective curtains to shroud the site during building construction. Stowe said the exterior will be commercial stucco with some brick, similar in appearance to the strip-mall across the street.

Access to the retail store will be available both from Ryan's Road and Stower Drive, with the front entrance to face the corner of the intersection.

Both Stowe and Keokenchanh are excited to be bringing a Goodwill store to Worthington.

"Worthington has been on the map for two years," Keokenchanh said. "Worthington is the place to be because it supports us."

Daily Globe Reporter Julie Buntjer may be reached at 376-7330.

Julie Buntjer

Julie Buntjer joined the Globe newsroom in December 2003, after working more than nine years for weekly newspapers. A native of Worthington, she has a bachelor's degree in agriculture journalism. Find more of her stories of farm life, family and various other tidbits at

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