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New Goodwill store nears completion

Presentation is everything.

And it's for that very reason the grand opening of Goodwill Industries' new building will commence just as soon as everything is done to perfection.

"We want to (host) the grand opening when we're able to put our best foot forward," said Scott Shinsoto, Associate Director of Goodwill Industries Columbia.

"We've had some difficulties finishing the building," he said. "Difficulties meaning we want to have it just right for the grand opening."

Previously, the grand opening was slated to take place this week. But that's on hold now until Goodwill Industries officials are pleased with the construction project at the 2840 E. Lincoln Ave.

Goodwill's retail store will move from its current location along Yakima Valley Highway. Shinsoto said employees will work through the weekend moving merchandise to the new store and he's hoping for a Tuesday, July 22, "soft" opening--meaning the store will be open for business, but the grand opening will still be slated for a future date.

Goodwill Industries has been a part of the Sunnyside community for 14 years.

The new location allows for a much more retail space, but perhaps more importantly, a streamlined process for donating items.

Right now, one of the challenges of handling donations is lack of parking.

That'll will be different now, with a full size lot in the back, an air-bell to alert staff who can help unload and a process to provide donation receipts for tax purposes.

The front also features extensive parking, which is hard to come by at the current store.

In the meantime, the soft opening of the store will allow staff to work out any kinks. "That way we can make sure everything's working properly," said Shinsoto.

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