Kokomo will be getting a new Goodwill store on the near west side this summer, with company officials slated to build a 15,000 square foot building in the 2200 block of West Sycamore Street.
It will be the second Kokomo store for Goodwill Industries of Central Indiana, which has had a presence here since 1990.
“We love Kokomo,” said Cindy Graham, vice president of marketing at Goodwill’s Indianapolis headquarters. “We’ve been looking for a long time for a location there on the west side.”
The current store, 2258 E. Markland Ave., was this week named the Central Indiana group’s “Store of the Year,” and Graham said she expects the new west side location will be another hit.
The new store, which could be open by year’s end, is expected to employ 35 to 40, and will be located in a spot which has long seemed incongruous with the commercial development on Kokomo’s west side.
To make room for the store, the former First Church of God, 2222 W. Sycamore St., will be demolished. The building has been vacant since the church moved to the corner of Park Road and Ind. 26 back in 2007.
Goodwill will lease the location from developers Sullivan Commercial Supply, Indianapolis, and Kokomo-Howard County Plan Commission director Greg Sheline said the developer plans to locate at least one more retail location on the 3.8-acre parcel.
“The Goodwill store won’t use all of that space, there’s going to be something else go in there as well,” Sheline said. Sullivan officials referred questions about the development to Goodwill.
The city issued site plan approval for the new store last week, and demolition of the former church could start any time.
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