Judging from the line waiting for the doors to open and the steady customer flow, Dawson County residents have welcomed the opening of a new Goodwill store on Ga. 400.
But with the brisk business comes not only savings, but job opportunities.
“Our mission is to put people to work,” said James Caponigro, vice president of marketing for Goodwill of North Georgia. “Any money that we get from sales of these donations all help people in this community go to work. We’ve put over 14,000 people to work last year in North Georgia.”
According to Caponigro, the Dawsonville store created 40 jobs, with 29 of the new hires serving as sales associates.
The Dawsonville store, at 66 S. 400 Center Lane, is Goodwill of North Georgia’s 48th.
The site is the first of six stores and career training centers the organization is slated to open this fiscal year.
“I’m excited about this being open. It’s closer to home,” said Dawsonville resident Christy Kimbral, who was shopping with her young daughter. “They’ve got all kinds of things here, like clothes for the kids, and — something we both love — books.”