Goodwill opens new store in Niles

Published 5:53 pm Friday, March 4, 2005

By By ERIN VER BERKMOES / Niles Daily Star
NILES - The clothes line has been cut.
Breaking for the tradition of cutting a ribbon at the grand opening of the business, Goodwill cut a clothes line to celebrate the opening of its brand new store in Niles on Thursday.
Larry Neff, president of Goodwill Michiana, welcomed the crowd of people from the community who gathered for the ceremony.
Goodwill was started in 1902 by a Methodist minister from Boston who noticed people in the community not having what they needed, and then went to the wealthy people and asked them to share their discards with others.
Goodwill came to South Bend, Ind., in 1936 and to Niles in the 1970s and was located on Front Street. In the 1980s, Niles Goodwill store moved to Main Street and was located there until February of last year.
With the new 13,000 square foot store, Goodwill hopes to set some sales records, as well as have a positive cash flow.
Niles City Mayor Mike McCauslin said, "We would like to congratulate the staff of Goodwill for their incredible work. They provide a great opportunity for people in the community."
The new Goodwill store is located a 918 Silverbrook Ave. directly across the street from Martin's Supermarket.