What are some cities with large Goodwill thrift stores?


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Bradenton, Florida; Hanover, Pennsylvania; Columbus, Ohio and St. Paul, Minnesota are cities with large Goodwill thrift stores. These new stores follow the giant, non-profit, thrift store chain's business-model trend of larger stores and a more upscale shopping experience to attract younger shoppers, as of 2015.

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All of the stores opened in early 2015, with the St. Paul location being the largest at 33,000 square feet on two stories. The store has a modern architectural design with bold colors and a sculpture out front that was donated by Vincent Driesson.

At 17,500 square feet, the Columbus location is still quite large compared to the 7,000 to 8,000 square feet that most Goodwill stores average. It is also stylized for younger shoppers, with a trendy art gallery and impulse-buy section. These feature natural lighting, polished concrete floors and sleek, middle-of-the-store shelving.

The Bradenton location is in the suburb of Lakewood Ranch and is appropriately named Goodwill at a Ranch Lake. It has 23,000 square feet of shopping with 50 employees. The store has a "Tech Connection Powered by G" section with computers, music components, gaming systems, accessories and more. The "Treasure Island" section features designer shoes, handbags and jewelry.

The Hanover store is the biggest location in Northeastern Pennsylvania and is located directly in the Hanover shopping mall.

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