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Goodwill store in Kaimuki closing for renovations

  • STAR-ADVERTISER / 2012
                                The Goodwill Hawaii store and donation center at 3638 Waialae Ave. in Kaimuki will temporarily close to allow for building renovations. During the closure, donations of clothing and household goods maybe be dropped off at the attended donation center at Kahala Mall.

    STAR-ADVERTISER / 2012

    The Goodwill Hawaii store and donation center at 3638 Waialae Ave. in Kaimuki will temporarily close to allow for building renovations. During the closure, donations of clothing and household goods maybe be dropped off at the attended donation center at Kahala Mall.

Goodwill Hawaii will temporarily shutter its Kaimuki store and donation center after the close of business March 22 in anticipation of building renovations. A reopening date has not been determined.

In the meantime, bargain shoppers can take advantage of a clearance sale on remaining merchandise through March 22. Donations of clothing and household goods can be dropped off at the Goodwill’s attended donation center at Kahala Mall.

“Our Kaimuki Store and Donation Center has been one of our top producing locations for nearly 20 years thanks to the love and support from the community,” said Katy Chen, Goodwill Hawaii president and CEO, in a news release Thursday. “We are grateful for the opportunity to return as the anchor tenant on the ground level of the new building and look forward to announcing our reopening date in the near future.”

The new store and donation center will feature “many upgrades designed for the comfort, safety and overall experience of Goodwill shoppers, donors and the surrounding community including an off-street donation drop-off area,” the release said.

The building that houses the Goodwill store was built in 1949 and was known as the National Dollar Store. A spokeswoman for building owner 3650 Waialae LLC, an affiliate of The Omidyar Group, said Thursday the owner is conducting due diligence for the renovation project and there are no firm plans or a construction schedule at this time.

Goodwill Hawaii operates seven other retail stores on Oahu, including a newly renovated flagship store on Beretania Street, which has been partially open since October as part of ongoing construction of the Honolulu Career & Learning Center. When completed, the Beretania Store will have nearly doubled in size and will include a drive-thru donation drop-off center.

Thrift store deals also can be found online at ShopGoodwill.com/Hawaii.

Revenue generated from Goodwill stores supports the nonprofit’s education programs, employment training and placement services for more than 11,000 people annually.

For more information about Goodwill Hawaii or a list of stores and donation centers, visit goodwillhawaii.org.

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