Goodwill store coming to Hudson at Stop & Shop site
If all goes as planned, the 15,000-square-foot Goodwill retail store, along with a separate “Buy-the-Pound” warehouse outlet and a goods donation center, will be open for business in October, Randy Finamore, retail president for Goodwill Industries of Northern New England, said on Thursday.
Once up and running, the Goodwill center will employ approximately 100 people from the Nashua and Hudson area, which Finamore said reflects the company’s philosophy of helping people in need reach their full potential through gainful employment.
Goodwill Industries opened its first Buy-the-Pound in Gorham, Maine, about two years ago. The outlet allows consumers to purchase deeply discounted household items, clothing and other goods on a “by the pound” basis: a concept that’s proven attractive to consumers looking to restore and repurpose items while encouraging recycling efforts.
Discussions on the project began early last month, though local planning officials had asked Goodwill to revise its initial plans: adding additional trees and shrubbery to replace six former parking spaces, install a 6-foot-high vinyl fence along the site’s southeast parking area, and address concerns about outside storage.
Planning Board Chairman Ed van der Veen said he’d recently visited the Nashua Goodwill store and was pleased with what he saw.
Earlier this week at the selectmen meeting, attorney Roy Tilsley spoke on behalf of the charitable organization.
The attorney approached the board earlier this week seeking a charitable tax exemption for the building’s property taxes, noting that the building and its land were owned (and taxed) separately when it was a grocery store.
“We’re moving expeditiously to get operations in place,” Tilsley added.
Selectmen opted to hold off on granting a tax exemption this week, while agreeing to consult the town’s attorneys first and then discuss the matter further an upcoming board meeting.
“There’s no guarantee at this point,” Coutu said. “Right now the building isn’t occupied yet.
The freestanding, 64,288-square-foot building, located at a busy intersection along Route 102, has sat vacant since late last summer.