"We are pretty pumped about being part of the community," said Vilay Keokenchanh, vice president of retail for Goodwill Industries. "We have wanted to be in Aberdeen for a long time."
The new 10,000-square-foot facility will include an 8,000-square-foot thrift shop and a 2,000-square-foot warehouse. When the store first opens Goodwill will truck in merchandise from other Goodwill stores in the region. After a time the store will rely exclusively on donated items from the community, Keokenchanh said.
"It will be self-sustaining," he said.
The facility is being constructed by MidStates Builders which has built seven or eight other Goodwill stores, Keokenchanh said. The building is owned by Allan Stowe of Aberdeen, and will be leased to Goodwill.
In addition to the thrift shop, Goodwill will have a connection center that will help people with employment.
"Our mission is to provide training and jobs for people with barriers to employment whether those barriers are language, physical or mental," Keokenchanh said.
While the impact on the other thrift shops in Aberdeen will not be known until after Goodwill opens, Keokenchanh said he thinks there is room for all of them.
There are many cities where there is a Goodwill Store, Salvation Army store and others and all of them do well, he said.
Managers from other thrift shops all say they are not worried about Goodwill coming to town.
"There is no educated way to know how Goodwill will impact us, but we hope that people will continue to support us," said Major David Womack of the Salvation Army.
Thirty-six percent of the Salvation Army's operating budget comes from its thrift shop revenue and that money is used to provide local services for the poor. These include free noon meals five days a week, emergency food, short-term housing assistance and help with rent, housing and utility bills.
"The most important thing is that all the money raised stays in the community," Womack said. "We hope people will continue to donate and shop in the thrift store so we can maintain our services."
Roncalli Nearly New has been operating as a thrift shop since 1977 with proceeds going to the Roncalli Catholic School System.
"We are not worried about Goodwill coming," said Pat Gallagher, advancement officer for Roncalli. "There is a lot of need for the services businesses like Nearly New provide. There are plenty of opportunities."
Roncalli is staffed entirely by volunteers, the only thrift shop with an all-volunteer staff.
"I don't think Goodwill coming will affect us," said Evie Smith, one of the daily managers at Nearly New. "We get a lot of donations. We have a lot of loyal supporters and I believe it will continue."
Smith said that the store gets so many donations that periodically they must recycle clothing items that do not sell by bailing them and shipping them to Minneapolis. Nearly New and the Salvation Army work together on this, she said.
People were worried when the consignment stores started opening that it would decrease donations and sales and it didn't, Smith said.
The Kids Against Hunger thrift shop opened in October and since then has received a large number of donations. The store has a wide range of items including clothing, furniture and household goods. It supplements its inventory by picking up items from consignment shops that are past the allowable sale date.