The construction of the new building for Goodwill is going on now in Towne Center. The store is expected to open by the end of the year. (DHI Media/Colin Kriegel)
The construction of the new building for Goodwill is going on now in Towne Center. The store is expected to open by the end of the year. (DHI Media/Colin Kriegel)

VAN WERT — A new Goodwill store is expected to open in Van Wert by the end of 2016.

Goodwill Easter Seals Miami Valley is currently in the construction phase of a new building in Towne Center where it will be seen from US 30. Goodwill is currently located at 1220 S. Shannon St.

“Goodwill decided to move to a new location in Van Wert [because] we needed room to grow,” Melissa Fowler, public relations manager with Goodwill Easter Seals Miami Valley, said. “Our new space allows us that growth. The location to nearby commerce provides better visibility, and enables us to enhance both donation and shopping experiences.”

The new 11,000-square-foot location will have some features to improve customers experiences and donors as well.

“Donors will find an easier time in dropping off items to us, and shoppers will see a wonderful new store with a different layout,” Fowler said.

The company expects the store to open by the end of the year and the current location will close at that time.

Fowler said that the current store employees at 10 people and one or two new employees will be hired for the new location.

Goodwill Easter Seals Miami Valley announced in 2015 that the company would open four new stores.

“Our Van Wert store is the only replacement; we are opening new stores in Dayton (on Miller Lane), Huber Heights (our second store), and a joint facility in Lima,” Fowler said.

The Lima store will act as Goodwill Easter Seals Miami Valley’s northern headquarters for services to the growing Allen County market, according to Goodwill Easter Seals Miami Valley’s 2015 annual report.

Goodwill Easter Seals Miami Valley serves 23 counties in West Central Ohio with the mission to empower people with disabilities and other disadvantages to achieve independence and improve their quality of life.

At Goodwill Easter Seals Miami Valley, 85.68 percent of all revenue directly supports services for people with disabilities.

In 2015, Goodwill Easter Seals Miami Valley served 20,208 people with disabilities and other disadvantages in the 23-county area through life-changing services, according to the annual report.