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New Goodwill opens in old Austin's restaurant building

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The new store is on U.S. 42 in the old Austin's restaurant building. The new store is on U.S. 42 in the old Austin's restaurant building.
Murals and messaging in Louisville's newest Goodwill store on U.S. 42 depict the nonprofit organization’s long history and impact in Louisville, where Goodwill Industries of Kentucky was founded in 1923. Murals and messaging in Louisville's newest Goodwill store on U.S. 42 depict the nonprofit organization’s long history and impact in Louisville, where Goodwill Industries of Kentucky was founded in 1923.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A building that once housed a long-time Louisville restaurant has re-opened as a Goodwill.

The new store is on U.S. 42 in the old Austin's restaurant building. It replaces the former Brownsboro Road store. 

The open layout makes it easier to find items with specific departments for clothes, books and housewares. This new store is five times the size of the former location.

"We operated the store on Brownsboro Road for many years -- I think we moved in in 1995," said Heather Hise with Goodwill Industries of Kentucky. "And we outgrew it about 10 years ago so we've been looking for property in this area for awhile and finally found a place we feel will be a good fit for the neighborhood."

The 12,418-square-foot store features an open layout, with signage throughout directing shoppers to specific departments. Murals and messaging in the store depict the nonprofit organization’s long history and impact in Louisville, where Goodwill Industries of Kentucky was founded in 1923.

Donations to Goodwill stay local and help people with disabilities or other barriers to employment in communities across Kentucky. In addition to operating 64 retail locations statewide that provide jobs and hands-on training, Goodwill offers employment counseling, adult literacy programs, and assistance with job search, preparation, and placement.

Goodwill placed Kentuckians into 2,881 jobs last year and paid nearly $18 million in wages to people with disabilities or other disadvantages.  

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