PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. – Much like the vintage clothing and furniture it sells, the Goodwill Store at the Beach is getting a new life. The store, located at 13415 Panama City Beach Parkway, will hold a grand reopening ceremony at 9:30 a.m. Friday, Aug. 30, to unveil renovations and an expansion that more than doubles the store size by adding 6,000 square feet.
The ceremony, which is open to the public, begins at 9:30 a.m. and will be attended by Panama City Beach Mayor Gayle Oberst and other prominent community leaders. A ribbon-cutting hosted by the Bay County Chamber of Commerce will take place at 9:45 a.m., and doors will open to the public at 10 a.m.
"Goodwill Industries has been a strong partner in the Bay County area and we congratulate them on the grand opening of the new store," said Panama City Beach Mayor Gayle Oberst.
The new store will offer a full line of retail that customers expect from Goodwill, including many items previously unavailable before the store was expanded. It will now include clothing, furniture, house wares and a shoe department. The store also features a covered drive-through for donations.
Revenues from the larger retail operation will enable Goodwill to further its mission to provide jobs and job training for people with disabilities and disadvantages. In addition to furthering its mission, the larger store allows Goodwill to hire 16 new employees.
“Our Bay County customers have known for years that we are a great spot to find books and computers," said Fred Shelfer, CEO of Goodwill Industries-Big Bend, Inc., “Now they can find all the other treasures they’ve been seeking like clothing, furniture and house wares.”
Over the upcoming holiday weekend, anyone dropping off donations at the Panama City Beach location will be entered to win a daily contest for a $50 Goodwill gift card. Donors simply come into the store to fill out a contest form with their donation receipt. Each day a winner will be chosen and contacted as soon as possible to come back and claim their card.