The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

February 28, 2013

Shoppers wait in line for reopening of Goodwill store in Joplin

By Wally Kennedy
Globe Staff Writer

— Dozens of shoppers were waiting in line Thursday morning for the reopening of the Goodwill store at 2102 S. Range Line Road.

The Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce staged a ribbon-cutting ceremony inside of the store before the doors opened. As has become the new custom, a green ribbon was used. Green ribbons are for reopening stores that were destroyed by the May 22, 2011 tornado. Red ribbons are for new stores to the Joplin market.

David Oliver, regional manager for Goodwill in Tulsa, Okla., said Goodwill was fulfilling a promise to Joplin to come back bigger and better.

The new store was constructed by Four State Homes, of Joplin. Charlie Kuehn, owner of the construction company, said, “We’re bringing Joplin back one store at a time.’’

While the new store was being reconstructed in Joplin, a temporary store was set up in Carthage. Doug Webster, with Goodwill of Tulsa, said the store in Carthage will continue to operate because of the support that has been shown for it there, assuring local residents that Goodwill will have an expanded presence in the area.