Goodwill to Open New Store in Lemont

Village officials confirmed Friday that a retail and donation center will open in the former Sears Harware location in August.

Goodwill Industries of Metropolitan Chicago will open a retail and donation center in later this year, village and company officials confirmed.

The 21,000-square-foot store is tentatively scheduled to open in mid-August in the former  location at 1146 State St., said Cheryl Lightholder, spokesperson for Goodwill.

"We're very excited to open a new store in Lemont, and continue our growth plan in the Chicago area," Lightholder said.

Village Administrator Ben Wehmeier confirmed Friday that representatives from Goodwill recently dropped off building plans and have been approved for all appropriate permits.

Goodwill stores sell previously donated items such as clothing, kitchen accessories and more. According to Lightholder, the garden center in the former Sears will be turned into a donation center for residents to drop off used items.

"One of the things that we're interested in is providing high-quality products at a great value, but we also promote responsible recycling of household textiles," she said.

Goodwill currently has 46 stores—26 in Illinois and 20 in Wisconsin. Lightholder said she is confident the Lemont location will be "a great addition" to the growing company. 

"It's important to look for locations that will support donations, and we think the Lemont community will certainly do that," she said. "We also look at locations where we can provide an easy, convenient way for people in that area to shop."

According to Goodwill's website, 84 percent of revenue from all retail centers go toward the company's mission of providing training, employment and supportive services for people with disabilities or disadvantages.

Lightholder said the company hires an average of 45 employees for retail stores and donation centers. Job information will become available later this summer, she said.

Goodwill's announcement comes just six months after the . The store had been open since 1996.

The village expects to have a couple of other new business announcements during its board meeting Monday night, Wehmeier said.

Lemont College student April 16, 2012 at 05:03 AM
I'm a college student and working full time money is tight right now with my family. A goodwill store is perfect for our area. Everyone here needs to open their eyes and not be so judgemental. If you hate it so much just move. This is starting a new trend and it's nice to see a vacant building being turned into something useful. Everyone needs to open their eyes and realize how this will actually help us out.
Leo April 28, 2012 at 03:40 AM
Does anyone here realize that we live in Lemont? We're not Naperville or Hinsdale. We're Lemont. Not some high income, classy area. Lemont. Drop the attitude, and accept the fact that GoodWill should do our local economy a favor.
James Smith June 11, 2012 at 03:16 AM
Good comments. I just don't ever recall Goodwill being on the list of suggestions for what people wanted a number of months ago. Why can't we do something like Bolingbrook did with the "Promenade"..?...along 355? You have to go out of Lemont for so many things. If the Goodwill store helps the teenagers...great.... There is basically nothing for teenagers in Lemont.
Kerry June 21, 2012 at 01:17 AM
James ,where do you propose we put a shopping center ? There is alot for the teens in Lemont. I see my neighbors always involved in activities with their teens.
John Goodsteen June 27, 2012 at 07:08 PM
I for one completely oppose the building of this store. Not only is it a complete waste of resources, but statistics show crime rates increase greatly in areas with low class businesses such as this. This is NOT the kind of thing I want in this town. Whoever moved to approve this without asking the public's opinion should have their current role in the Lemont government re-evaluated.
Edward Andrysiak June 27, 2012 at 08:27 PM
John...You could help yourself and tune up your attitude by taking a few courses on local government and their powers. There is a lot that happens that you or I or the village really have little control over. It's call FREEDOM and the right to quiet and peaceful enjoyment of your property and the application of it's best and highest use. Those rights extend over to the owners of the GW property. If enough people in Lemont wanted to exercise control over that property...they should have bought or leased it! You just have to put on your "big boy" pants and learn to be more tollerant. I struggle with that sometime myself but I'm getting better.
Marie Markowski June 27, 2012 at 11:24 PM
Please tell us whose resources are being wasted and what those resources are? A very valid, clean, community based business is coming into an area that has many vacancies and they are sprucing the place up. They will be collecting and paying taxes on said business. How is that bad for Lemont? How is this a "low class business"? Are Second Chance, Smokey Row, Greta's Attic, "low class" businesses? No, they are not. They all sell "previously owned items" as does Good Will. They all give back to the community as I'm sure Good Will will. What some people apparently don't understand is that the majority of the folks that shop there will find out about Second Chance, they'll see the other businesses in the area (wait until they check out the great prices at Chipain's!) and shop there also. More money for Lemont! And Mr. Jim Jones--if you're implying (and we all know you are) that only drug addicts shop at the Good Will, you obviously don't know your town or the people living in it as much as you'd like to think. There are a LOT of Lemonters that shop at 2nd hand stores. Some of the folks that live in the most expensive homes are regulars at Second Chance here, the Salvation Army store in Darien and the Good Will store in Bolingbrook. How do I know? Because #1, I've seen them and #2, they've told me!
Marie Markowski June 27, 2012 at 11:25 PM
One last thing--many of the room and home makeover shows I watch brag about the great deals they've found at Good Wills and other second hand stores. If it's good enough for them...
Kerry June 27, 2012 at 11:50 PM
The Goodwill stores do not impress me. The last time i was in one was about 3 months ago. Most of what they had were womens clothes. The other stuff was junk.
Kerry June 27, 2012 at 11:53 PM
Marie, i seriously doubt that Good will had anything worthwhile to decorate with. They sell womens clothes mostly.
Ceaser August 09, 2012 at 11:37 PM
...just...shut up
James Smith August 13, 2012 at 12:22 AM
Well Kerry....I'm not up on Lemont boundaries or property but what about along 355? Or how about by Archer/8s where Lemont paid $1,380,000 to buy land and demolsih the 2 Rivers Event Center...? http://www.mysuburbanlife.com/lemont/newsnow/x2095084835/Village-of-Lemont-demolishes-Two-Rivers-and-Jaguar-Club What are we doing with this property?...Seems like it would be great for big box store etc...Seems like there is a lot of traffic on83/Archer? Also,. I received Lemont's "Memory Maker".....wow...3 events for teens ! How about making the bowling alley into a teen/family center?
ME August 13, 2012 at 08:44 AM
Goodwill stores are not like the Salvation Army Thrift Stores. They are clean, run by people who care and the clothing and articles they have are from stores like Carsons, Target, Joanne Fabrics, and more. Check it out before you bash it! As long as they are picky about the items they sell as they have been, then all will be fine. If they turn into a Salvation Army Thrift Store, then there is going to be trouble. That store sells so many stained and torn clothing items and crap. They need to revamp their stores and donate that stuff to the missions. The Spree store is another nice store that is kept up well and is a great place to shop for resale. I've found Lily Pullitzer, Gap, Justice, Nordstrom, Juicy Couture clothing at Goodwill. I also found Taylor Made golf clubs and great books in great condition for just a few dollars. Take a look people before you voice your negativity. Goodwill is a great place. Think about it. If the people who are commenting negatively are high class wealthy people, then donate your stuff there and we'll have more good stuff to buy at great prices. What do you so called wealthy upper class people do with your overflow from your houses, clothes you no longer want? Now you have a place to donate all that stuff to. I'm sure you don't have garage sales. That would be beneathe you! Right?!?! Try out Goodwill and then comment!
Kerry August 13, 2012 at 11:08 AM
There is not enough property at the 355 interchange for another Promenade. It would be too close to the other one to be sucessfull. Retailer have extensive studies done before they build. So what looks like on the surface to be a good location, it may not be. Big box stores are not always a great idea. With any big box store comes negatives as well as positives. Positives are sales taxes. Negatives are an increase in crime and a increase on other city services. Also, if the big box retailer goes out of business, you are left with a huge , empty white elephant. A big box store can hurt the small retailer. I have heard that some towns actually do not want big box stores and zone them out.
Lisa Bitsky August 13, 2012 at 11:56 AM
Thank you for explaining that . We really need to start filling the empty businesses in Lemont. Anyone have a constructive idea for Olivario's? It is a great building. Perhaps as a town, Lemont could start a program to "Adopt" a new business. Basic requirements, like the owner has lived in Lemont for 10+ years, a portion of profits benefits local youth organizations, employs Lemont residents. In exchange Lemont buys the property and rents it out for a reduced amount for maybe 1 or two years. Then the owner of the business buys the property back. Just a thought.
Lee Ristow August 13, 2012 at 01:06 PM
Even Naperville has a Goodwill store.
Marie Markowski August 15, 2012 at 04:29 AM
Sorry, Kerry, but you're comments "I seriously doubt that Good will had anything worthwhile to decorate with. They sell women's clothes mostly." are incorrect. I was just over at the new one over on Boughton. It's bright, clean and I walked out of there with some fantastic finds (found some awesome iron stars that had originally been sold at HomeGoods and I've seen in catalogs for over $50). It certainly was not womens clothes mostly. Now, maybe what you consider "junk" is what someone else (me) considers a find and that's okay. That means you won't be shopping there and folks like me will get all of the deals!
Marie Markowski August 15, 2012 at 04:35 AM
ME--I agree! As I stated above, I just checked out the one on Boughton today. Loved it! Walked out with some decorative pieces (that normally go for $50+) for 2.00 ea!! Also found a game for my DS, a mini-sewing machine (that I've been wanting for a while and it works!), a vintage fall decoration, a piece for my mini-village, some books and record (yep, still listen to vinyl now and again). Maybe we should stop telling folks what a great place it is and just keep the info. for ourselves.
Ryan August 21, 2012 at 01:04 PM
Get over yourself. Look around, Lemont along with many other suburbs is filled with old shacks and lower middle class. Lemont is not the northshore. A store like this will be a good thing. I suppose you would rather have any empty shopping center. You already have a vacant gas station and bowling alley. Its starting to look a little run down along state street. Maybe you should move to Hinsdale or Burr Ridge youd fit in better there..
Teacher August 25, 2012 at 04:23 PM
I really don't see what the big deal is? Burr ridge n hinsdale is a far cry from lemont folks. Just FYI. It's a store. U go in n buy something. Ur dumpy city is making money on the taxes n thus. Can't over it.
Teacher August 25, 2012 at 04:26 PM
Amen. An intelligent person chiming in to all the ignorance.
Teacher August 25, 2012 at 04:27 PM
What exactly is"upscale" about lemont? Lol
Teacher August 25, 2012 at 04:28 PM
Zackly. Naperville. Imagine that. N it's been voted one of the best towns to live inthe u.s.
Marie Markowski August 25, 2012 at 04:31 PM
Sharon, it is up to us, the fans of Second Chance, to get the word out. There is room for both places but folks have to know about our little jewel downtown. It's been my experience that most folks that shop in thrift/2nd hand/etc. type stores shop more than one and make a day of it as no 2 stores (obviously) carry the same things. Speaking of which, Second Chance has some great Halloween items out (love how they have the windows decorated) with more to come and they already have some Christmas items out!! So, those that are fans, be sure to tell your friends, relatives and neighbors to head downtown for some great items at great prices that help out some wonderful people (one of my cousins being one of those wonderful people!).
Teacher August 25, 2012 at 04:32 PM
No Kevin. U really can't compare urself to the wood ridge population. Wood ridge is very accessible to the loop. One quick hop on expressway n ur there n they have city water. Lemony, nothing wrong with it but it ain't burr ridge honey or for that matter woodridge
Marie Markowski August 25, 2012 at 04:55 PM
There's no need to say Lemont is "dumpy". It's a very nice, small village (with folks from literally ever end of the economic spectrum) struggling with issues just like every other town in the country. I'm curious, do you live/work/shop here or are you just making assumptions? If you're just making assumptions, I'd like to know what you're basing them on.
Kerry August 25, 2012 at 08:12 PM
I really hope that you are not a teacher as you dont know how to speak in an intelligent manner.
Teacher August 25, 2012 at 11:20 PM
OK. I apologize for calling lemont "dumpy" but the reasoning is behind kevin's ignirant and ill informed statements. Lemont is an average American town that happens to have goodwill store. as well as Scottsdale, as well as Naperville, etc... Lemont isn't all that and a bag a chips to be above the location of a goodwill store that people of all economic backgrounds shop at. Get over it. It's a good thing. And I was just there and you know what? Their is alot of merchandise that is new and donated from target. Oprah shops @ target. Kevin, do u have more cash than Oprah ? And yes I am a teacher teaching your youngsters :)
Nancy Botwin August 26, 2012 at 02:29 AM
Look on the bright side. This will give the two nigs that live here a place to shop!
Brigita Augytė October 19, 2012 at 07:00 PM
@Nancy Botwin you are a racist fuck. Seriously, go live somewhere else. I live in lockport and I now have a reason to go to Lemont. No i'm not a "nig" I'm white. You guys did a good thing, keep it up. :)


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