Press Room

September 28, 2010

Goodwill Contact:
Katherine Ransom, Marketing & Communications Director
714.547.6308 Ext. 308, via email

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Goodwill opens new store in Anaheim

(Anaheim, CA) On Friday, September 24, 2010 Goodwill of Orange County celebrated the grand opening of its 21st retail store, including shopgoodwill.com, at 2090 East Lincoln Avenue at Anaheim Town Square. Located on Lincoln Avenue just east of South State College, this new site went through a major renovation before its grand opening. The event was marked by a ribbon cutting ceremony amid a long line of eager shoppers waiting for the doors to open. Regional business leaders, city and chamber officials and a number of Goodwill executives were on hand to help celebrate the momentous occasion.

According to Dan Rogers, president and CEO of Goodwill Orange County, while the economy has been challenging, Goodwill is optimistic about the new store. Revenues will support Goodwill’s mission to provide employment training and placement opportunities to Orange County residents with disabilities and other barriers. “Goodwill stores are widely known as terrific places to buy, but the gift cards for the first 100 shoppers were certainly a motivating force in getting people up. At 7:30 this morning the line stretched across the shopping center walkway. Shoppers are really excited about the new store opening because our stores are really modeled after discount anchor retail stores,” said Rogers. “We are very encouraged by the number of people who turned out today and we thank the community for the generous donations of goods already being made at this new store and donation center.”

Goodwill of Orange County, now in its 86th year, has provided thousands of people with disabilities and other barriers the opportunity to achieve their highest levels of personal and economic independence through competitive employment. The nonprofit organization’s programs assist individuals with work and social abilities, cultural and language skills and to help them succeed at home, at school and in the workplace. For more information about Goodwill stores and 36 donation centers located throughout the county or Goodwill of Orange County’s education, training and employment programs and services, please contact Katherine Ransom, Marketing & Communications Director at (714) 547-6308 ext. 308 or katheriner@ocgoodwill.org. Information may also be found at www.ocgoodwill.org.

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