A little more than 13 years after closing its doors across the Beeline Highway, Goodwill Industries opened a new store in Payson Feb. 1.
Officials believe this store will stay. Goodwill has undergone many changes since the Payson store that opened in August of 2001 closed in December of 2005, they say.
That store, which employed five people, was located in the current location of STATClinix Urgent Care.
The new store is located next to PetSmart in the Payson Village Center.
Goodwill officials offered Town of Payson staff and the Roundup a behind-the-scenes look just before its grand opening.
Officials described the life cycle of donated goods — saying items have a six-week life in the store. What is the fate of unsold items?
If an item doesn’t sell in four weeks, the price is cut 50 percent. At the end of the fifth week, typically on a Thursday, the price is cut to $1.
If it still doesn’t sell, the item is shipped to either a Goodwill Clearance Center in Phoenix or Flagstaff and sold by the pound.
Some items are sold at Goodwill’s website, shopgoodwill.com.
“We had a $24,000 Rolex watch donated to us. It sold online. If we had put it out in a store, it would have sold for $1 because it would have gone through the life cycle in the store then wound up reduced to $1,” one official said.
Goodwill holds a Super Saturday Sale every other Saturday and on Tuesday, Senior Day with items 25 percent off for those 55 and older. Students, teachers and the military get 25 percent off on Sundays.
The Payson store is open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday.
Donated items can be dropped off at a side door, where an attendant should greet you within 10 seconds, officials said.
“We’re the biggest recycler in Arizona,” said one official. “Styrofoam, wood and glass are the only things we put in the compactor.”
The Payson Goodwill store held a hiring event in December that attracted 92 applications and the hiring of 30, including 18 full-time employees.
Officials said Goodwill is a great place to work because the company allows them to earn points that can be used for various rewards, including Disneyland vacations. Employees can also volunteer at other non-profits once a month and still get paid by Goodwill.
They also provide job training and employment placement services.
Goodwill features a Career Center where anyone can seek career advice, interview and resumé techniques by interacting with a virtual career adviser. They can also search a job database and employers can post their job openings in the system. Job seekers can also learn basic computer skills all the way through a Google IT Support Professional Certificate.
“It’s designed to prepare for an entry-level position in the IT field,” said Goodwill Senior Manager Mission Advancement Christina Caldwell.
There’s no cost to use the service because it’s underwritten by grants from Google.
Not everyone is thrilled that Goodwill is back in Payson. Some fear it will hurt the smaller thrift stores in the area.
Once every quarter, Goodwill hosts a Change Campaign where customers can round up their bill to the next dollar, with that extra change donated to a non-profit in the area.