Goodwill set to open on ‘Chung site’

Goodwill set to open on ‘Chung site’

Record-Journal
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One of the largest Goodwill stores in the state will have its grand opening Thursday morning, Nov. 8 at 243 New Britain Ave.

“We’re very excited about being in Plainville,” said President of the Southern New England Goodwill Richard Borer Jr. The 10,800 square foot Plainville location, positioned on a main shopping corridor, appears to be in an ideal spot to attract both Goodwill donors and shoppers.

Borer and other representatives of the non-profit will meet with local officials at the opening ceremony to become more familiar with the town.

Proceeds from donation sales made at the center go to local causes and are invested in Goodwill’s workforce.

“When people donate to Goodwill it goes right into the community in which they live,” Borer said.

Plainville’s Director of Economic Development Mark DeVoe said the town will benefit from the addition of around 28 new jobs at the store and the redevelopment of a long vacant and blighted site.

Known as the “Chung site,” named for a former owner of the plot, the property required environmental remediation before any building could be done.

“For the Town of Plainville, perhaps the biggest benefit is the beginning of a redevelopment effort years in the making. The vacant, underutilized, and long-blighted property required a lengthy environmental remediation before a plan could be developed and approved,” DeVoe said. “While additional tenants for the remaining vacant space have yet to be identified, it is our sincere belief that additional quality development will soon follow.”

The site is being developed by John Senese, of Calco Construction in Farmington, through 311 NB Plainville LLC. The original plans also include a second, 12,000-square-foot building aimed at either medical office use or split between a restaurant and office space.

DeVoe said Senese has a “solid track record of attracting national tenants and they are working hard to identify the next in line.”

dleithyessian@record-journal.com 203-317-2317 Twitter: @leith_yessian


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