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Goodwill store is rising

Monday morning masons continued laying concrete block on the south wall of the new Goodwill store currently under construction. Photo by Margaret A. Ontl

Construction continues on the building that will house a Goodwill store in Hudson on the former site of Gilbert Motors which was most recently a Denny Hecker dealership.

According to Goodwill spokesperson Debbie Ferry, vice president of retail sales and operations, the building is expected to be completed near Aug. 1. At that time the general contractor Fendler-Patterson will turn over the building to the owner, Eden Prairie developer Robert Grootwassink, from whom Goodwill is leasing.

"Six weeks after it is complete we should be ready to open the doors," said Ferry.

The building will be 20,000 square feet when completed, 14,000 square feet of that will be selling floor.

"Once we get open we are looking for nice donations from the community," said Ferry.

The mission of Goodwill/Easter Seals of Minnesota is to assist people with barriers to education, employment and independence in achieving their goals.

They do this by providing a number of services including, job preparation, skills training, job placement, family strengthening and support services to enhance independence, the Minneapolis FATHER Project, AgrAbility and a medical equipment loan program.

According to the Web site, 85 percent of every dollar goes directly toward their mission of helping people in Minnesota train for and find employment.

Goodwill has 18 stores in the following locations, Apple Valley, Bloomington, Coon Rapids, Eagan, Elk River, Hastings, Hopkins, Maplewood, Maple Grove, Rochester, Roseville, St. Cloud, St. Paul, Shakopee, Stillwater, West St. Paul, Willmar and Woodbury, with more planned including one in Minnetonka. In addition, it operates two other stores called Second Debut, renewed fashions and art boutiques.

Goodwill/Easter Seals of Minnesota has a long-range real estate plan with target markets according to Ferry. Whether new buildings are built or existing buildings are used depends on the individual specifics.

"There are not too many existing, free standing 20,000-square-foot buildings that we can retrofit with a drive up drop off," said Ferry. "It just depends on what is available. In the case of Hudson it was less expensive to build new than to try to use the existing building."

All of the Goodwill stores (except Rochester) have the same hours of operation and the Hudson store will be the same.

The store will be open for shopping, Monday-Friday: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday: 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Donation hours are the same except donations will be accepted up to one hour before closing.

For more information about Goodwill and how to donate, go to