Papillion will soon have a second Goodwill store.
Goodwill representatives held a groundbreaking ceremony at the new location, on the northeast corner of 90th Street and Highway 370, on Monday.
The 16,850-square-foot building will house a retail store, production room, donation drop-off door and a training center. The 1,000-square-foot training room will allow Goodwill to bring in a variety of programs to the location. They have yet to determine which programs will be implemented at the store.
By the time the location opens in May, it will employ about 30 workers.
The building is being designed by RDG Schutte Wilscam Birge and is being built by Kiewit Building Group.
The Papillion store will be the 17th retail store in the metro area, said Goodwill Chief Executive Officer Frank McGree.
“We’ve just been really welcomed by the community, by the city, by the city employees and by the mayor,” McGree said. “We’re excited to get this going.”
With growth along the Highway 370 corridor, Goodwill Chief Operations Officer Randy Parks said selecting the store’s location there was natural.
“We thought if we got out here on the early side, we could really benefit and get support from the community,” Parks said. “There’s always a synergy between the community and our stores, and it’s just a natural fit.”
Representatives from Goodwill, RDG, Kiewit, the City of Papillion and the Sarpy County Chamber of Commerce participated in the groundbreaking.
Papillion Mayor David Black and Sarpy County Chamber Board member Lori Bickford both welcomed the business to the area.
“The Sarpy County Chamber is a big business advocate, so to have a community partner and business such as Goodwill join the Papillion area and the Sarpy County area is really wonderful,” Bickford said.