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story.lead_photo.caption Coil Construction of Columbia is the contractor on the new Goodwill store job in Jefferson City on South Ten Mile Drive, next to Arby's. While welders on lifts do their work, another crew hoists roofing material to the top to be able to start fastening it to roof beams. Photo by Julie Smith / News Tribune.

Goodwill plans to open its new thrift store under construction in Jefferson City in late May to early June.

Dave Kutchback, CEO over Goodwill stores in Jefferson City and elsewhere in Missouri, said construction on the 15,000-square-foot new store at South Ten Mile Drive has been going smoothly and is on track for the late spring opening.

The company announced plans to relocate from the current store at 1806 Missouri Blvd. last spring.

The new location should offer easier parking, a simpler donation process and an improved shopping experience, Kutchback has said.

"We've got a donation drive-thru that will make that even more convenient and easy for our donors," he said.

While the current store offers drive-up donations without requiring donors to leave their vehicles, the new setup will create a better traffic flow and protect donors and their donations from the elements with a drive-thru overhang.

"I am excited to give our customers a great shopping environment so that it's going to be very nice and pleasant in there," Kutchback said. "Jefferson City is a great market for us, and we're excited about being a part of that market. I think the setup of that building is going to be even more efficient and active for us so that we're going to be able to put even more items on the floor for our customers."

The new store is located next to Arby's, near the Stoneridge Village shopping center that is home to Kohl's and Menards — another positive factor in the decision to relocate Goodwill.

"We've had good sales and donations in our older location, and whenever we build these new ones we've seen a jump in our donations and a jump in our sales," Kutchback said. "So we're looking forward to that."

Construction began in fall 2016 after Goodwill received final zoning approval to demolish two buildings to make way for the new store.

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