Goodwill sets opening date of new Oxford store

Wednesday, October 12, 2016
by Jim Shay

OXFORD – A new Goodwill store will open its doors at 9 a.m. on Oct. 21 in Oxford Towne Center.

It follows the Sept. 20 opening of Market 32, the town’s first supermarket and the business to open in Quarry Walk development on Route 67. A Newtown Savings Bank branch opened in early September.

Goodwill of Western & Northern Connecticut announced Tuesday that the 11,000-square-foot store at 274 Oxford Road will employ more than 40 people. The store will also have a drive-through donation station with attendants on hand to help unload donations from vehicles and provide donors with a tax receipt for their contribution.

"We are thrilled to be a part of the Oxford community and excited to be anchoring one of the town's historic shopping districts," Vickie Volpano, president, Goodwill of Western & Northern Connecticut, said in a release. "When Goodwill builds a new location, we also help build the community. Our goal is to contribute to the success of the local community offering residents great employment opportunities, job training and mentoring.”

It will be the 19th Goodwill store in western and northern Connecticut. The Oxford store will celebrate its grand opening on Oct. 21 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Doors open at 9 a.m. and the first 75 customers will enjoy a $5 Goodwill gift card. Additional opening day specials will include a free reusable shopping bag with any purchase and an opportunity to enter to win a $200 Goodwill shopping spree.

Goodwill of Western & Northern Connecticut is a nonprofit organization that provides employment and supportive services to people with disabilities and other challenges. Goodwill says it uses the revenue from store sales to help fund job training programs and community-based services.

A Dollar Tree and Ace Hardware are among the stores opening soon. When completed, the project will have more than 200,000 square feet of retail space and 150 apartments.

The development by the Seymour-based Haynes development is on the site of a quarry.

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