In mid-November, Goodwill Manasota relocated its 15th Street Bargain Barn to its Whitfield Logistics Center (2150 Whitfield Industrial Way, Sarasota). At Bargain Barns in North Port and Sarasota, shoppers can purchase clothing and shoes by the pound, and furniture at rock-bottom prices. Merchandise comes in from retail stores several times a day - and items are only for sale at Bargain Barns at most for 24 hours - so inventory is continuously replenished.
The square footage of the sales floor at the new Bargain Barn is 8,329, up from 7,301 at the previous location. Other highlights: Goodwill has added 18 tables to the sales floor, there is a defined furniture area, floor scales - in addition to the counter scales at the registers - enable cashiers to weigh full carts, and totes with non-breakable goods are dumped on the tables, allowing for easier shopping for the customer. Additionally, there are 2,100-foot lines of gravity-fed rollers to move the stacks of totes from the docks to the table loading area. Goodwill has also incorporated streamlined pricing where over 95 percent of items can be purchased by the pound.
The new location also features a GoodPartner Coach office; the GoodPartner Coach program helps people with disabilities and other barriers gain positive personal and workplace behaviors and skills, feel the pride of earning a paycheck by moving toward self-sufficiency, build a strong work history, and develop the experience and skills to position them for higher-paying jobs outside of Goodwill. For more about Goodwill, go to experiencegoodwill.org.
About Goodwill Manasota
Goodwill Manasota is an industry-leading, 501(c)(3), not-for-profit organization that changes lives through the power of work. With the sales of donated goods and philanthropic donations, Goodwill is able to assist people with disabilities and other barriers to employment by providing job skills training and employment opportunities. In 2017, Goodwill Manasota served 11,672 people, placed 555 people in jobs, assisted 360 veterans as they reintegrated back into the civilian workforce, and provided 19,540 hours of on-the-clock training for its employees. Goodwill Manasota’s economic impact back to the community is worth $92.1 million. Goodwill is one of the pioneers of the reduce-reuse-recycle movement and this past year diverted more than 41 million pounds out of the landfill. Goodwill Manasota is accountable to a local Board of Directors. Goodwill Manasota, in essence, belongs to this community and is not owned by any individual or company. For more information, visit www.experiencegoodwill.org. or Call (941-355-2721).