Goodwill grand opening draws large crowd, store officially open


GRAFTON—Residents claimed their shopping carts and spots in line, as they excitedly awaited the official grand opening of Grafton’s newest business, a Goodwill store and distribution center.

The line extended the whole length of sidewalk from Goodwill to Dollar General, as individuals anticipated the deals and treasures awaiting them inside the store. But before they could get inside to snag their newest items, officials held a ribbon cutting ceremony, to help welcome the new business to town. 

“We are so excited to be here in Grafton, West Virginia. This will be our eighth store opening locally, and it is truly and exciting thing,” voiced Bob Stape, Chief Operating Officer of Goodwill of North Central West Virginia. 

He told the crowd about seven years ago Goodwill was interested in the site to set up shop, however the property owner decided to renew the lease with another business who they believed would be a better fit.

“But here we are, seven years later, and we finally got what we wanted and what we believe the community wanted, a Goodwill store,” Stape commented. 

He welcomed Grafton Mayor Sheila Westfall to officially open the doors and invited residents to their newest shopping choice in town, with a ceremonial ribbon cutting.

 Once workers were set and in place, individuals filled the store, hunting down bargains and searching through fully stocked shelves.

“We really feel like West Virginia is a tremendous area for us, and we are going to continue to look for additional areas to expand within North Central West Virginia,” disclosed Snape. “These small, rural kind of areas seem to work really well for us. So, we are really thrilled to be opening this store today.”

And not only does Goodwill offer great pricing on items inside their store, but the site also serves as a donation center that will help inventory stay fresh for shoppers.

“As much as we want people to shop in our stores and spend money, we are also always looking for donations,” Stape revealed.

He reported that all donations made in West Virginia will stay in the state, to help supply the other stores throughout the region.

“What happens is that if there are more donations than needed for the Grafton store, they will be sent over to the newly established distribution center located in Morgantown, and then will be shipped out to our various locations in North Central West Virginia,” Stape explained. “It is really important to us that items stay within their communities locally.”

Goodwilll of North Central West Virginia serves nine counties including Taylor, Barbour, Harrison, Lewis, Marion, Monongalia, Preston, Randolph and Upshur, along with Allegheny, Armstrong, Butler, Beaver, Fayette, Greene, Washington and Westmoreland counties in southwestern Pennsylvania.

To learn more about the organization, please visit www.goodwillncwv.org.

And now with their doors officially open, the Grafton Goodwill store, located at 1 Harman Plaza, will be welcoming shoppers Monday through Thursday from 10:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. and on Friday through Sunday from 10:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. 

Donations may be made at any time, as the location features a self-serve setup.

Those with questions may call the store at 304-903-8038.

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