Goodwill store set to close

Photo by Dylan McKenzie The Goodwill store in Martins Ferry plans to close by the end of September.

MARTINS FERRY — After a couple of years of providing products to local residents at affordable prices, the Martins Ferry Goodwill store is set to close by the end of the month.

Goodwill Industries is a nonprofit organization that aims “to enhance the dignity and quality of life of individuals and families by strengthening communities, eliminating barriers to opportunity, and helping people in need reach their full potential through learning and the power of work,” according to information available on the organization’s website. The nonprofit funds its operations through a series of thrift stores, selling gently used clothing, household items, accessories and other necessities at affordable prices.

The Martins Ferry store location been open since March 2015 with steady business from local residents ever since, according to shop officials. However, due to what she believes are “budget-related” issues, store lead Tanya Mitchell said the store received notice on Sept. 1 that the location would shut down by Sept. 28. Mitchell, who has worked for Goodwill for three years, said she is upset by the closure.

“It’s not very good,” Mitchell said. “We’re all very sad to see it go.”

Officials from the Goodwill organization were not available to comment on exactly why the store was selected for closure. Mitchell said that although she is saddened by the closure, she and the others who work at the store have enjoyed their time selling products to the people of Martins Ferry.

“We appreciate Martins Ferry for having us,” she said.