Shoppers line up for Goodwill grand opening

From left, Chamber President Aubrey Richburg, Goodwill Director of Sales Sandra Perez, Goodwill CEO Anne Braye, and Chamber member Shawndelle Kreger stand at the ribbon cutting of the Goodwill Store. in Wolfforth. (Photo by Karen Michael)

Shoppers wearing coats and jackets lined up in front of the new Goodwill store in Wolfforth last Wednesday morning, eager to be among the first to shop during the store’s grand opening.

Parking was scarce, but it apparently only served to draw in more customers who noticed the crowd while driving by on U.S. 62/82.

Dottie Serna, a health care worker just getting off from a night’s work, was driving home when she saw the large group of people gathered outside, and she decided to stop and shop for some medical scrubs.

“I saw the crowd, and I saw there was no parking,” said Serna, and she said although she should be sleeping, she decided to stop by.

“This is a special day for the city of Wolfforth and the Chamber of Commerce and Goodwill Industries,” said city secretary Debbie Youngblood, who is also on the Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture’s Board of Directors.

Youngblood said the store will meet several needs in the community with merchandise, tax revenue and job training for Wolfforth residents.

“We’re proud to have Goodwill in our city,” said Mayor L.C. Childers while addressing the shoppers waiting in the chilly morning air to get a look at the store’s merchandise.

Anna Braye, Goodwill Industries area chief executive officer, said Goodwill works to provide job training, especially working with disabled people who want to work. She thanked the city, the Wolfforth Economic Development Corp. and the store’s first crew of workers for helping to get the store opened.

“Goodwill has never been welcomed in a city like in the city of Wolfforth,” said Braye.

Sandra Perez, the director of sales for the seven Goodwill stores in the area around Lubbock, said the organization has been working toward opening the store in Wolfforth since July. The reason for locating in Wolfforth is that the city has been so welcoming and will be a great spot for job training.

“We’re very proud to be a part of the Wolfforth community,” said Perez.

Amy Fullen, the new store manager, has worked in Goodwill stores in Lubbock, Tulsa, Okla., and San Joaquin County, Calif.

“I’m a Goodwill shopper and employee for life,” said Fullen, a single mother who said she was very excited about opening the new store. “I thoroughly enjoy working for Goodwill.”

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