TACOMA, Wash. -- Bargain shoppers have a new place to pick up deals. Goodwill is opening a new Tacoma store -- but with a twist. Goodwill calls its new South Tacoma store "fashion forward." It offers a higher-end look but with the same low prices.
The South Tacoma Goodwill store has been in the works for years, but recently songs like Seattle rapper Macklemore's "Thrift Shop" have helped boost interest.
“I think Macklemore is reflecting what’s going on in the market. He didn’t create it; he is reflecting that thrift store shopping was already trendy," said John Nadeau, Goodwill director of stores. "Macklemore picked up on that and carried it forward for us. It’s been a help.”
Behind the scenes, the new Goodwill store is adding 25 new jobs in Pierce County that include positions in retail, warehouse and management. The Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber said these additional jobs translate to $503,000 in pay and benefits.
Additionally, the proceeds from the stores go to free job-training programs for various industries, including the culinary and technology fields.
“The job re-training piece of this is obviously the critical link. Bringing people out of unemployment into good paying jobs -- this facility does it with the 25 individuals, but it's going to have a ripple effect. Those dollars are spent back into our economy," said Tom Pierson, president and CEO of the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber.
The new South Tacoma Goodwill store opens on Thursday at 9 a.m. on 8025 Hosmer Street in Tacoma.