Chamber celebrates 77 years

Published: Thursday, March 7, 2013 at 03:04 PM.

The Port St. Joe store has been Store of the Year for the organization two consecutive years.

In 2010, the store and staff realized an 18 percent increase in sales and in 2011 the increase was 21 percent.

Given the store’s success, Lochore said, the store was relocated from the 200 block of Reid Avenue to U.S. Highway 98, providing greater visibility

“This new location is larger and right on the highway,” Lochore said. “We have more visibility and we feel that has helped Goodwill continue its growth.”

In 2012, the Port St. Joe had an increase of 38 percent in sales and 10 percent increase in donors.

The move to a new location also allowed the store to hire more employees and open a full-time staffed Career Training Center providing a host of free services to anyone in the community.

Those services include job placement, job readiness training, job clubs, computer skills, GED preparation, QuickBooks training and job counseling and referral services.



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