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Goodwill plans to open new Kent outlet store in January
Goodwill plans to open a new outlet store in Kent in January at the site of the old H.D. Hotspurs restaurant next to Kmart.
"We’re getting closer to opening the outlet store," according to an email from Amanda Bedell, spokeswoman for Tacoma Goodwill Industries, which oversees the Kent stores. "We have a tentative date of Jan. 17 for the opening."
Signs are posted for the store, which will open at 315 Washington Ave. S. A grand opening is tentatively scheduled for 8:45 a.m. Jan. 17 with a ribbon cutting ceremony and opening weekend specials.
H.D. Hotspurs, which opened in 1979, closed in April after 32 years as a restaurant and nightclub. The former state liquor store, Furniture Plus and Lil's Thrift Shop all closed by the end of May to make room for Goodwill.
An outlet store carries items that were not sold at Goodwill retail stores, so prices are even lower.
"The outlet store is a bargain and treasure hunter’s dream come true," Bedell said. "Clothing, housewares, glassware, books, media and toys are sold by the pound, unless specifically marked. Merchandise is not pre-sorted. Customers sort through a variety of items in large blue bins. Most merchandise bins rotate approximately every two hours, replaced with completely different selection merchandise."
The Kent Outlet Store will accept donations. People can drop off gently used clothing, household items and furniture. Goodwill is a non-profit business that turns donated goods and business revenue into programs that help people with disabilities and disadvantages get jobs.
Bedell said devout followers of the outlet stores show up to wait for arrival of goods. The company has outlet stores in Seattle, Tacoma, Everett and Vancouver.
The outlet stores serve as the liquidation centers for Goodwill retail stores, according to www.frugalliving.about.com. In most cases, merchandise is moved to an outlet location if it fails to sell within six weeks.
"Once merchandise is moved to an outlet location, it is typically sold by the pound or at a reduced per-piece price," according to frugal living. "Either way, you can expect to pay at least 75 percent less than you would at a Goodwill retail store."
The website also describes what a shopper at an outlet store can expect.
"The merchandise is simply brought out in large bins for you to sort through. If you like neat and orderly, this experience isn't for you. You'll have to dig through a lot of merchandise to find 'the deals,' and you'll have to do it while being swarmed by other shoppers who are doing the same."
Goodwill has retail stores in Kent at 25814 102nd Pl., and 23313 Pacific Highway S.