Relocated Franklin Goodwill welcomes all to find bargains
By Kerri Bartlett, Assistant Editor
Franklin Mayor Dr. Ken Moore spoke at the ribbon cutting ceremony at the new Goodwill location on Murfreesboro Road. He was accompanied by the store manager, district director and staff. County government representatives and members of the Williamson County Chamber of Commerce also attended.
On Thursday morning at 9 a.m. customers rolled their stocked shopping carts down the shiny, waxed floors of the new Goodwill store located at 1203 Murfreesboro Road, Suite 135 – three doors down from its previous home. The new store held a ribbon cutting and grand reopening with elected officials, local dignitaries and business leaders in attendance.
Entertainment centers to house new televisions, both bargain finds at the store, attracted browsers Thursday as well as, bread makers, toys, artwork – even office equipment such as scanners.
In addition to what could be described as mountains of clothes neatly lined on far-reaching racks, the 18,000-square-foot store’s layout – about 500 square feet larger than the previous location – offers sections that satisfy the full gamut of customer needs including furniture, office supplies, homeware items, toys and a library.
“I like to get office equipment,” Richard Pulley, insurance agent, said. “I got a scanner for $3.99 that must have been worth $200.” Pulley stopped to talk to Robert Sackey, a familiar face seen when he orders sandwiches at one of his favorite eateries, Daylight Café.
Sackey, the owner of the meat-and-three restaurant located around the corner on Royal Oaks Boulevard said that he frequents Goodwill when he hears of others who might be in need.
“I usually shop for African refugees when I hear that they need shoes or clothes or have other needs,” said Sackey, a native of Ghana, Africa, who moved to Nashville about 15 years ago.
Shoppers Richard Pulley (left) and Robert Sackey chat at the Goodwill reopening Thursday.
The King family shopped for bathing suits and summer items to help them prepare for pool days and a family vacation this summer. Evania King, 12, of Franklin spied a polkadot bathing suit for an upcoming visit to Nashville Shores. She shopped with her family and grandmother, who was visiting from New Zealand. The family moved to Franklin about eight years ago.
According to the Goodwill District Manager Vicki Spurlin, the city of Franklin boasts the largest amount of donations given out of the 48 counties in Tennessee that Goodwill serves.
“The store offers a great shopping experience. We meet the needs of many different customers. People can find a good deal and many bargains here,” Spurlin said. “We are all about customer service whether you are coming through the drive thru or walking through the front door.”
County Commissioner Cheryl Wilson, District 4, bought a bag of items for $20 she proudly reported of her bargain.
The busiest seasons at Goodwill are tax season, the end of the year and yard sale season when people undergo phases of spring-cleaning Spurlin said.
The new store is one of two Goodwill locations in Franklin. The other store, which contains a Career Solutions center, is located in the Kroger shopping center off Hillsboro Road a few blocks north of Five Points.
“We love having the opportunity to serve Williamson County and fulfill our mission which is to employ and train those who have disabilities and trouble finding or keeping jobs,” Jamie Berry, public relations and communications manager, said.
Last year, Goodwill served 16,000 people in Tennessee through Goodwill Career Solutions centers, in operation for decades, which helps those in need of employment find jobs. The program is supported by donations and by revenue from shoppers at store locations.
“I couldn’t be more pleased with all of the people that came out today,” Store Manager Mike Parker said. “We are proud of our larger, open facility that allows shoppers to view the whole store when they enter. We hope that people come in to find a lot of good bargains.”
Posted on: 6/13/2013