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Goodwill moving store down Pacific Highway

A new Goodwill store will open this fall in Federal Way.

Tacoma Goodwill Industries, which already operates a store in Federal Way, announced it has purchased the former Pep Boys auto parts store location at 32521 Pacific Hwy. S. The building is being remodeled for an Oct. 4 grand opening.

Terry Hayes, chief executive officer of Tacoma Goodwill Industries, said the new facility will offer more retail space, greater visibility and higher traffic count. The location will also allow for on-site processing of donations, a more efficient method of keeping the store stocked.

Ž“In addition to these advantages, Goodwill is making an important investment in Federal Way, Ž“ said Hayes. Ž“We have many loyal shoppers and donors in the community, and we are pleased to be able to serve them better.Ž” Goodwill stores sell clothing, household goods, furniture, sporting goods, books, records and toys.

Manager Rebekah Baldwin said the new store Ž“will be brighter, larger and more modern.Ž”

She said the existing store ŽÐŽÐ located further up Pacific Highway South at 31014 ŽÐŽÐ wonŽ’t close until the new store opens. The hours will remain the same: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday.

The move of the Federal Way store is one of two new outlets that Tacoma Goodwill Industries will open in October. One in Gig Harbor wlil debut Oct. 11.

Sales at its 16 thrift stores in western Washington help fund GoodwillŽ’s vocational services for people with disabilities or special needs. Other funding comes from financial gifts and grants.

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