Goodwill® Brings Thrift Shop to Decatur



Flat Shoals Store Opens Thursday

Decatur – Goodwill of North Georgia will soon open its 53rd store. The new Flat Shoals store, located at 4822 Flat Shoals Parkway (Decatur, Georgia 30034), includes a drive-up donation center and will open to customers at 9:00 am on Thursday, May 14.

Goodwill had operated a store, career center and its administrative offices on Glenwood Avenue for more than three decades before decentralizing the facility in 2006. “We had been looking for a location in the Decatur area since we closed our Glenwood Avenue store,” says Director of Public Relations Elaine Armstrong.

Including the new location, Goodwill operates four stores in DeKalb County. The nonprofit also has several stand-alone donation centers in the area. “Not only are we growing our DeKalb County footprint, but with this new location, we were able to bring nearly 40 new jobs to the community. As an organization focused on job training and employment, we take pride in the fact that we can also create jobs when we grow our business,” Armstrong adds.

When shoppers enter the Flat Shoals store, they’ll find bright graphics along the walls telling the story of Goodwill’s mission. “Our mission is to put people to work. We do this through a variety of job training programs and employment services.” Goodwill uses the sale of donated goods to fund its programs and 10 career centers, two of which are located in the county. In fact, the nonprofit’s Northeast Plaza location is celebrating its 10th anniversary. A third DeKalb County career center is expected to open next year.

Beyond the décor, customers will find everything from clothing and shoes to books and jewelry on the sales floor. Those who visit the store during the first four days of business (May 14 – 17) will have the opportunity to enter hourly drawings for Goodwill gift certificates.  

“Whether they're regular thrift shoppers, treasure hunters or those looking for great bargains, we expect to serve hundreds of customers when we open for business Thursday,” Armstrong adds.

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