GREENWOOD, SC – More than 200 people lined up outside of the new Goodwill store location next to Aldi waiting for the doors to open for the first time Thursday morning. It took over six minutes for everyone to find their way into the store once the doors were opened.
“In 12 years, this is by far the largest crowd I have seen at a grand opening,” said Crystal Hardesty, director of marketing for Goodwill of the Upstate and Midlands. “The community support in Greenwood has been great.”
While most of the people were in line to shop, some were there to take advantage of Goodwill’s Job Connection, which helps people find jobs and also pays for training for those that qualify. The first Job Connection class in Greenwood for CNAs graduated Wednesday as part of the program. Goodwill placed 731 in jobs during the month of November in their 16 county region that stretches from Richland County to Oconee County.
Greenwood Mayor Welborn Adams was on hand for the ribbon cutting and said that Goodwill will make a great addition to the Greenwood Community.
“The work they do is fantastic,” Adams said. “They not only have the resale store, but they also help put people to work with the Job Connection.”
By noon, a police officer was helping direct traffic and the Goodwill parking lot was full. A large number of people had to park at Aldi and walk over to the store due to the lack of parking spaces available in the store’s parking lot.