Big Goodwill store to replace F’ville’s Linens-n-Things?

Preliminary indications are that Goodwill is proposing to open a retail and drop-off center in the Uptown Square shopping center on Ga. Highway 85 across from the Fayette Pavilion.

The location was the site of Linens-n-Things — now closed and in bankruptcy — a few storefronts from the Barnes & Noble bookstore that closed in May.

Few details are currently available for the proposal that will come before the Fayetteville Planning and Zoning Commission in December. The city’s planning staff is expecting to receive additional information on the proposal prior to the meeting Dec. 7.

Tentative plans for the store include revamping the interior of the 34,000-square-foot building and providing a drop-off area for donations in the rear of the building.

Issues expected to be addressed at the Dec. 7 meeting include a more detailed plan, samples of materials to be used, design detail and elevations and proposed signage.

Goodwill two years ago advanced the idea of constructing a retail store and training center in the Banks Station commercial area. Those plans never materialized.

The current proposal is one of the few larger projects that has come before the city’s planning commission since the recession took hold.

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Hooray for Goodwill!

I donate and I shop there and I think it would be wonderful if they chose to put one in our neck of the woods. I don't make a ton of money...though I don't live in a trailer park (courthouserules), and I have found some really great, nearly new items I would have been unlikely to buy new off the rack such as a GAP wool trenchcoat which looked like it had never been worn - love that coat. The Goodwill in Newnan has always been clean and well organized and I normally just see moms with kids when I go there. I understand the concern that if it moves in there other "nice" businesses may not want to be their neighbor....not sure what the answer to that is.

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No, pumpkin!

If you could read, I wasn't doggin' them because I made a mistake. I hated that they got my valuables. I knew the profit would go straight in someone's pocket. I know many who have gone to them for help, funny, the response was always the same "no". I wouldn't feel so awful if I felt they were an honest organization but I've "seen them in action". I think it was Nuk 1 that wrote about reading something impressive on the CEO - perhaps, but the CEO needs to check up on the people running these places and help centers too. I don't just know people who have been told they couldn't receive help but, I went by the Newnan store to drop off 2 computers. I upgraded and the desktops were in great condtion, just a little outdated. They were perfect for someone wanting a computer with little funds. After waiting forever and finally got someone's attention. I asked him if I could donate them and he said sure but they would just throw them away. Hmm, yea I think I could do that. Unfortunately I guess they are filling up the landfills too. Another organization gladly accepted the donations and I later saw them for sale on the counter. Oh, I have seen the great things Better Way does also FYI.

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Less than what it replaced

Let's face it, Linens-n-Things was a great store for that location. Barnes & Noble made that a great shopping center. Bankruptcy ran Linen-n-Things out of business, those things happen. A narrow-minded landlord could not close the gap with one of the best tenants in that part of town and they let them slip through their fingers, or pushed them out; you decide. Now we have a shopping center that is in decline and begging anyone with the money to spend to come and rent there. Enter Goodwill. They are not a top-tier store, but it does keep the lights on in the store and keeps the grass from growing in the parking lot. Will it attract business? You better believe it! Will it be the type of customer that is liable to spend more money in our town; no, but it will be very similar to what has become very common at the Pavilion. This is the reality of Fayetteville today. Overbuilding and a lack of self-restraint have left us with too many empty buildings and too few quality tenants.

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lifesfair!

Well snot, blame it on Bush!!!
Vote better next time.

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Big Goodwill store to replace F’ville’s Linens-n-Things?

Oh dear God, no... this will end up like most of these places, junked up with crap all over the pace when people drop of left over yard sale junk and clutter up the place.

Do we really need this in Fayetteville or Fayette County, NO...

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Gene61 & Goodwill

You ever been in the Broadway Diner area. There is a Goodwill drop-off store there and if you have large items, you go around back to do that--and no "clutter" is visible from the front street. Just curious, you ever make any positive comments?

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Goodwill

There is a drop-off in a small strip shopping center near Thomas Crossroads and I have gone there many times in the last year and never seen any clutter or anything else "unpleasant" anywhere around the strip center. It was a great resource for me when it came time to de-hoard some stuff that can be used by others instead of buried in a landfill.

The Goodwill retail store further on down in Newnan is in a strip center that was obviously built and thriving at one point and over time lost tenants. It's utilizing space, paying rent, and has a lot of good merchandise at very cheap prices. I have bought a few things there myself and sure didn't feel like I was "slumming" or whatever negative stereotype people put on Goodwill. More power to them as far as I am concerned. I applaud what they do and how they do it. Goodwill is expanding rapidly a la a Big Lots in that they come into vacant buildings, get a good deal on rent, and then do their thing. I read an interview recently with the CEO of Goodwill and came away even more impressed with their mission and how they are trying to achieve it.

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AtHomeGym

Its called " Opinion " , so deal with it.

Don't like my opinion, then you also have the option to not read it.

Now, you happy, good..

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Same as Goodwill Newnan

There is a drop-off in a small strip shopping center near Thomas Crossroads and I have gone there many times in the last year and never seen any clutter or anything else "unpleasant" anywhere around the strip center. It was a great resource for me when it came time to de-hoard some stuff that can be used by others instead of buried in a landfill.

The Goodwill retail store further on down in Newnan is in a strip center that was obviously built and thriving at one point and over time lost tenants. It's utilizing space, paying rent, and has a lot of good merchandise at very cheap prices. I have bought a few things there myself and sure didn't feel like I was "slumming" or whatever negative stereotype people put on Goodwill. More power to them as far as I am concerned. I applaud what they do and how they do it. Goodwill is expanding rapidly a la a Big Lots in that they come in vacant buildings, get a good deal on rent, and then do their thing. I read an interview recently with the CEO of Goodwill and came away even more impressed with their mission and how they are trying to achieve it.

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I've got this one..

To answer your question.............NO

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I've got this one..

Lord, another idiot and someone who lacks the understnding of free speeech heard from..

Wait, could this be some of the same brownshirts who supported Obama and hate individual thought? .. I would say yes, lol..

Now back to regular programing.

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About what I figured..if you aren't "stirrin the puddin"

you aren't happy.

As far as your Obama comment, consider me insulted.

And more thing, FREE SPEECH and this blog have nothing to do with one another. It's Cal's Blog..period.

All that said, you have to admit, you do come across as quite the curmudgeon on these blogs, maybe you're different in real life. Here's to hoping.

Happy Thanksgiving..

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Great

I would love to have a Goodwill store here in Fayetteville.

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BOO HOO

Your mistake you did not check things before you let them go. Now you want to dog one of the high standing organizations because you screwed up, shame on you. Go to school and get some training. You probably work for Cloths Less Traveled or whatever that other non profit on Hwy 74 that is making money hands over hills and have no real idea where that money is going. I volunteered there on many occassions and they were bringing in thousands per day. Still I think they do help the Trinity Church so that's good.

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It would be easier to follow these blogs..

IF you would direct your reply to the correct place.

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Good Will Welcome...

. . . in the state's wealthiest city, Johns Creek. Go to ajc.com and search for article: "Wealthy Johns Creek Opens Arms and Wallets to Goodwill".

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I know where they're getting the money to do this.

I don't trust them. Years ago my aunt went to them seeking job placement/training assistance. Isn't that what they supposedly do? After being married 40 some odd years, worked for my uncle doing his books and hadn't had a job in the corporate for a good while, she needed the help. They told her they couldn't help her, that's not what they did. That's what their info says they do. The items are sold and profits go towards training people and helping them find work. Second, I made a donation in September. By accident, I donated some socks that had 2 rings inside. They are irreplaceable and one, an anniversary ring, was close to $1000, a good bit of my husband's income. I have contacted them, visited the Peachtree City location it was dropped off at and gone to the Griffin store. I've had absolutely no luck. The rings had to be found, I guess they brought in some profit for someone. I never donate to them, but this particular day I needed to have the items taken somewhere and my son was going that way. DONATE to Better Way, Wellspring Store, Real Life Center or Christian Women's Center. These I know for fact are honest charitable agencies.

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Garage sale leftovers.....

always seem to end up here. Hopefully, there will be no "after hour" deliveries to junk the place up. If that happens, there could be more vacancies.

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Donated stuff

I do suspect that much of the donated stuff to any group is first sorted as to quality, then there are usually buyers for that merchandise. Those buyers may well sell it to a distributor who sells it to Africa or India.

I see a lot of "Falcons" sweats on TV in Africa!

Then they sell the rest in the stores they have a used clothing prices and I suspect many trailer parks etc., clothe their school kids there.

Now, just what do you do with your disposables? You can say this one and that one do a better job of distributing your stuff, but I doubt it,

All those people handling that stuff get paid, Goodwill just happens to be one who takes the cash from sales and pays rent and hires people.

Most of those type of charities prefer cash. They aren't organized to handle "stuff."

Wouldn't hurt the prestige of PTC to do more of this sort of thing. These people who buy in those places do exist on this earth and always will!

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Cy, Goodwill Industries

has one of, if not the largest, veteran's assistance programs in the nation.

Google, "Goodwill, veterans" and read for yourself.

The 'good citizens' of PTC recently held their noses to the sky and proclaimed, "NOT HERE", when the opportunity for a Goodwill store was being proposed for the little Kroger at the PTC Pky. and Hwy. 54.

Please don't thumb your nose at an organization that assists as many veterans as Goodwill does.

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Dadgummit bad....

Are you still working those odd hours?

Anyways, it was just an observation. I've seen a few donations centers that got really out-of-control.

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Cy, 24/7/365

If the phone rings, buzzes or chirps.

Why do you think I have so much leave built up?

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Sadly, this

is news?

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