Goodwill to open store in Frankfort
BY SUSAN DEMAR LAFFERTY email@example.com July 15, 2014 6:52PM
Donations to Frankfort's new Goodwill store will be taken at the north end of the building, but there will not be a drive-through, as other stores have. | Susan DeMar Lafferty/Sun-Times Media
Updated: July 16, 2014 3:34PM
Goodwill Industries will open a retail store in Frankfort, at the north end of Hickory Creek Marketplace, where maintaining tenants has been a problem.
Goodwill, a nonprofit that sells used goods and clothing and provides job training, will occupy 20,500 square feet of space, filling a few vacant storefronts in the retail center at 199th Street and LaGrange Road. It also will accept donations and provide a sheltered workshop for disabled employees.
No timetable is set for opening the store. Goodwill still is acquiring permits.
Goodwill stores have typical retail hours and do a good job of maintaining their site, said Jeff Cook, Frankfort’s development services director.
The spaces it will occupy — with poor visibility from LaGrange Road — have been difficult to lease, and housed a restaurant, bar, discount store and others over time, Cook said.
The retail plaza is owned and managed by Inland Real Estate Co., except for the vacant Dominick’s store, and has five other vacant spaces there.
A Goodwill store in neighboring New Lenox has had “no problems at all,” New Lenox Mayor Tim Baldermann said. That store is in a retail center with Walmart and Aldi on U.S. 30 and has been very successful in bringing in donations.