Following a five-month expansion project at Goodwill of Southern Arizona on Grand Avenue, the second-hand store celebrated its grand re-opening Aug. 5.
Store manager Lupita Ramos, who has worked for the company for nine years, said she is excited for the big change in space because it means they can offer more products to their customers.
“More product, more customers, more money,” Ramos said.
Prices have also changed. Clothing increased from 89 cents to $1.29 per pound, as did hard goods, from 69 cents to 79 cents per pound. Glass, however, decreased from 69 cents to 29 cents per pound.
Previously, the store could only receive shipments one truck at a time. Now, following the 8,000-square-foot expansion, they can receive up to five at the same time and have the space needed to store all the boxes in the back until they move them onto the sales floor, Ramos said.
With the renovation, the store was also able to add an air conditioning and heating system and restrooms.
“I think it’s really positive and they’re also going to be increasing their services,” said Olivia Ainza-Kramer, president of the Nogales-Santa Cruz County Chamber of Commerce.
Ramos said the Nogales store is in the process of filling six full-time positions. The company took part in a job fair last month that led to filling two of the spots. The remaining positions are still in the hiring process and Ramos said she hopes to have the new staffers on the floor very soon.
Ainza-Kramer said the expansion reflects a broader trend in Nogales.
“We’re seeing that instead of closing businesses, we’re expanding or opening new businesses. That’s something positive for Nogales and hopefully this will help more and more to create jobs,” she said.
The Goodwill store in Nogales first opened its doors on Dec. 15, 2012.