Thursday, February 9, 2017

Goodwill Takes Advantage of Vacant Ingles in Tucker

Goodwill in Powder Springs occupies a converted Kroger grocery store 
Thrift store to open soon

A Goodwill thrift store is expected to open in the coming months in the former Ingles in Tucker Station shopping center.  The center, built in 1987, is located at the corner of Lawrenceville Highway and Hugh Howell Road in Tucker was anchored by an Ingles until July 2014.  

Work is currently underway to renovate 34,000 square feet of the former grocery store to suit the needs of the thrift store. About 12,000 square feet of the former Ingles reportedly remains available and is actively being marketed for lease.

A representative from Goodwill informed me that the company does not yet have an expected opening but hopes to have a confirmed date "soon."  

Goodwill of North Georgia, the branch of Goodwill Industries that is opening the Tucker store, operates a 45 county district in Georgia.  In total, the branch operates about 60 stores and 60 donation centers in its territory.  

Former grocery stores serve as ideal sites for Goodwill stores given they are often well located and reduce the company's upfront expenses. Elsewhere in the greater metro Atlanta area, Goodwill operates out of former Kroger, Publix and Winn-Dixie stores as well as converted Stein Mart, kmart, Staples and Best Buy stores, among others.  

As previously reported on this site, Goodwill of North Georgia moved its headquarters from downtown Atlanta to Decatur last year.  The support center, career center and thrift store occupy the former Cub Foods space and adjacent suites in the North DeKalb Square shopping center on Lawrenceville Highway near North Druid Hills Road. 

In addition to the upcoming Tucker location, Goodwill already operates a number of nearby locations including the aforementioned Decatur location as well as stores near Northlake Mall and on Lawrenceville Highway in Lilburn.  

Last month Goodwill broke ground on what will be a newly constructed store in Tyrone.  

Are you pleased that Goodwill  is opening in Tucker?  Were you hoping for something more "exciting" than a Goodwill store?  With all the new developments in Tucker, what opening are you most excited about?

Please share your thoughts below.  


Ham said...

A Goodwill is better than an empty box and who knows it could pump a little life into a very tired center. Although I haven't had time to get over there yet the Magnolia Room sounds interesting. Also, interested to see how the new center on Northlake Parkway turns out.

Disneypal said...

I'm not really a Goodwill shopper but I agree that it is better than sitting empty. Perhaps it will be good for that area.

Anonymous said...

Goodwill is not a good sign of good financial times. Do agree that it is better filled than sitting empty.

horsesense said...

yes, better than empty

Anonymous said...

Not another Goodwill! Geez, there are so many in Dekalb Co already it is starting to look like they are a chain. It is sad that a better store couldn't use that space in the center of town. Tucker needed a Marshalls, TJMaxx, or Belks. There is already a huge Goodwill on LaVista, and Lawrenceville Highway.

Anonymous said...

There's already a TJMaxx across from that Goodwill on LaVista that you mentioned.

Anonymous said...

TJMaxx, Marshalls, Ross and Homegoods along with Target and Walmart are already in the Tucker/Northlake/Lawrenceville Hwy area. Besides, most empty grocery stores turn into a Food Depot or Farmers Market

Anonymous said...

Tucker - land of the thrift and used tire shops. Can't we do better?

Anonymous said...

It's going to benefit me probably because the small drop center at Northlake Festival next to the Kroger couldn't handle all of the stuff I've been sending there. Whether there is a growing market for used clothes in Tucker, I cannot say. The location is not good enough for anything more exciting. At least the vacancy is filled.

Anonymous said...

Maybe the owners of the shopping center and the new city of Tucker weren't thinking outside the box enough. But maybe they did. A gymnastics school would have pulled in a lot of parents. Or a dance studio? Not just for kids like on Henderson Mill, but also for adults wanting to take dance lessons before a cruise or form a square dancing group. Even a Goodwill, but only for books. Those places are a lot of fun. Maybe it coulda been a contender... maybe it's not too late for books only.