Middletown, KY (WDRB TV Fox 41) -- It's a much more modern Goodwill store in Middletown today.
The landscaping isn't quite finished yet, but Goodwill's newest store in the Louisville area is now open on Shelbyville Road next to the Snyder Freeway.
A ceremony marked the occasion on Monday, which is Tax Day, because donated goods are tax deductible.
The new 15,000 square foot building is more than three times the size of the old one in Middletown. "Here in the Middletown community people have been so generous with their donations that we wanted to make a bigger store," says Marsha Berry of Goodwill Industries of Kentucky.
Goodwill spent about a million and a half dollars building the new store. It's filled with racks and racks of clothing as well as shoes, furniture, and even books in a very bright and open setting. Goodwill says it wants to bring customers are more visually pleasant shopping experience.
Customers are noticing. "This is a great store, it's very organized and clean, it's easy to look around and find things," says Vicki Johnson.
Marie Greenwell also likes the new store. "I am a grandma raising a grandbaby, he's three, and without Goodwill I would never find new stuff for him," she says.
Berry says the hard economic times have affected donations at some of the Goodwill stores. "Donations are down at some of the stores," she says, "but shoppers are still coming in looking for bargains."
Goodwill Industries of Kentucky employs 1,100 workers across the state, more than 80 percent are people with disabilities.
It says last year it kept 32 million pounds of donated goods from ending up in landfills. "If you have something that is a gently used item, rather than throw it away, bring it to Goodwill," says Berry.
Goodwill says in 2012 it hopes to open at least two more modern stores in the Louisville area.