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Batavia’s Goodwill Store conducted its ceremonial ribbon cutting today. Locals were so much looking forward to the opening that several dozen were waiting outside the doors this morning to be the first ones in to start their shopping.

Sarah from Attica says she likes the ‘thrill of find’ that comes with going to thrift stores. She says Goodwills are her preferred thrift store.

“(Other stores) don’t really have all that much,” she said. “Every time I’ve been to a Goodwill store, they have great clothes. I’m glad we have one around here. I’m excited.”

Batavia used to have a Goodwill store in the same VALU Home Plaza about 10 years ago. This new store is twice as big. Tom Lynch, President and CEO of Goodwill Industries of Western New York, says this store will be self-sustaining.

“We’re incredibly pleased to be back in Batavia after a 10-year absence," Lynch said. "We’re bigger and better than before. We’re not your mother’s Goodwill anymore. This is going to be a model for what our stores look like in the future: beautiful inside, donations -- goods donated in the community stay in the community for the benefit of the community. We’re glad to employ up to 10 people here, full- and part-time. We’re expecting to be here for a long, long time.”

City Manager Jason Molino was on hand for the event. He’s say he’s excited for the opening as well.

“It’s good to see that this is 10,000 square feet of retail space that’s filled – it was vacant formerly, but now it’s occupied," Molino said. "They’re bringing new employees, they’re employing more people. And it’s a need in the community.”

Click this link to print a coupons you can use at the store all this month for $5 off your purchase of $15.

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