|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.
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