PORT TOWNSEND –Like the start of the Oklahoma Land Rush, hundreds of bargain hunters surged through the doors of the new Goodwill Store when it opened for business.
“We had 400 people through the store in the first hour,” said Susan Martensen, director of marketing for Tacoma Goodwill Industries.
“Sales were double what we expected.”
In an opening ceremony Thursday morning, Mayor Kees Kolff welcomed the company to Port Townsend, then wielded the scissors to cut the ribbon, held by Judi Mackey, Jefferson County commissioner, and Terry Hayes, CEO of Tacoma Goodwill, the store’s operator.
“The city is delighted to have Goodwill come to town, bringing 25 new jobs, opportunities for people with disabilities and the focus on recycling used clothing and other goods,” Kolff said.
“This project went very smoothly and quickly and shows how well the city can work with good businesses and good contractors to make development work.”
—————–The rest of the story appears in Sunday’s Peninsula Daily News.