Thrift store plans moving through approval process

A 19,500-square-foot Goodwill thrift store may be on the horizon for Scappoose once the company works through required land use processes.

The retail chain, which employs more than 2,000 people across its local division, is looking towards Scappoose to build its 44th store in the region.

The store would be located by the newly opened Second Street extension.

Goodwill Industries of the Columbia/Willamette is currently in due diligence with the city of Scappoose and still has to be approved to begin building.

But Goodwill and city officials are both excited about the possibility of the store opening in the county.

'It's another investment in the community,' said City Manager John Hanken.

Two-thirds of Goodwill employees have a traditional barrier to employment, such as the elderly, people with disabilities or those just out of correctional facilities.

If the store comes to fruition, applicants will be able to apply online.

Depending on their size, Goodwill stores employ 30 to 80 people at each location.

The company chose Scappoose as a potential site because of the significant amount of donations - which are in turn sold at the stores - given by residents.

The company also studied population growth numbers and traffic patterns in the city.

'We are thrilled to be in your town should that happen,' Emanuel said.

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