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Crews from Fendler Patterson completed work on the roughly 20,000-square-foot Goodwill store in early March and recently handed over possession to Goodwill/Easter Seals Minnesota. (Bulletin photo by Scott Wente)

Goodwill in Cottage Grove sets April 26 open date

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Construction on the roughly 20,000-square-foot Goodwill in Cottage Grove is nearly complete, adding to the commercial development at the busy corner of Hardwood Avenue and 80th Street.

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Mary Beth Caseman of Goodwill/Easter Seals Minnesota said last week the second-hand retailer is anticipating an April 26 grand opening.

“We can’t wait to get to Cottage Grove,” Caseman said. “This will bring a new convenient place to drop off donations and give them a second life. This will be a new source of affordable, quality goods. And all of this helps support local programs that prepare people for work.”

Project manager Adam Beesch, of the construction firm Fendler Patterson, said crews turned over the building to Goodwill earlier this month.

“We started construction in November and worked through the winter,” Beesh said. “It took us a little longer because of the cold weather.”

Beesch said Goodwill is expected to be moving equipment and product in this month.

For several years, the 2-acre site was home to the vacant Coldwell Banker Burnet building.

Last summer, commercial real estate developer Welsh Companies struck a deal with Coldwell Banker Burnet to redevelop the site.

Fendler Patterson Construction tore down the empty building in September and began lowering the site’s elevation in preparation for the build.

The blueprint for the project includes a 75-stall parking lot, drive-thru donation drop-off, and a sidewalk connection from the corner of Hardwood Avenue and 80th Street to the corner of Hardwood Avenue and Hardwood Court, which will be the store’s access road.

A stormwater runoff pond is also expected.

The store is looking to hire about 40 people for various jobs. Caseman said entry-level positions are available for donation processors and attendants, sales associates and cashiers. The starting pay is $9.50 per hour.

Those interested can find an application online at www.jobsgoodwill.com.

Cottage Grove Mayor Myron Bailey said he is excited about the recent uptick in commercial development. He said Goodwill, despite its previous negative perception, will be a positive for the city.

“I know there has always been a perception of Goodwill, especially on that particular corner, but if you look at the quality put into that building and the landscaping, I do feel that a change (on that corner) is going to happen,” Bailey said. “I think in the long run it will be a great addition to our community.”

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Emily Buss
Emily Buss joined the South Washington County Bulletin in February 2013. She covers local government in Cottage Grove, St. Paul Park and Newport, along with other general assignment reporting. She holds a bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communications from Minnesota State University, Mankato.
(651) 459-4629
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