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|The morning of Saturday, February 25th marked the Grand Re-Opening of Goodwill’s Beechmont retail store which had been closed since late January due to a fire and extensive vandalism. A crowd of eager shoppers awaited the opening of the doors to view|
|for themselves the transformation of the store interior in just a little over a month since the incident. The Goodwill retail team posed for the official ribbon cutting alongside President and CEO Joe Byrum and Vice President Gail Hana and then, threw open the doors for the excited crowd. Shoppers were greeted with gift bags and balloons and treated to a special 50% clothing and toy sale in honor of the Grand Re-Opening.|
Reporters from Channels 5, 12, and 19 along with Community Press reporter Lisa Mauch all came to witness the big celebration. Thousands of loyal customers teemed through the store’s interior delighting in the Spring-themed displays, wider aisles, and newly updated appointments. “Our team worked very, very hard to get the store ready for the Grand Re-Opening today,” said Gail Hana, Vice President. “We are delighted by the community support that we have received throughout this experience,” added Hana.
The Grand Re-Opening proved to be a financial success for the Beechmont store breaking previous opening records for sales and donations. Shoppers were also treated to music and games provided by WGRR during the festivities. Beechmont store manager, Donna Clouse, was touched by all of the hugs and words of congratulations and support that she received during the day from regular shoppers and friends of the Eastside store. “It is really wonderful to have so many people be so supportive of our store and really, of our mission of service to the community,” said Clouse. Both Clouse and Retail Sales Manager Ann Walters were featured on the news footage of the Grand Re-Opening event on all the stations in attendance. Look for video clips of news coverage pieces coming soon to our YouTube channel.
Ohio Valley Goodwill is very grateful to the Greater Cincinnati community for their remarkable generosity and loyalty to its Beechmont store location during this time of rebuilding and renewal. Stop by and see the newly restored Beechmont store today!