Best Deal in Town is ‘Buy the Pound’ – St. Louis’ First Goodwill Outlet Store Will Open May 5

Bargain hunter or not, a new deal will be discovered every 20 minutes at the area’s first Goodwill Outlet store. The Grand Opening for this new clearance shopping experience is at 9 a.m. on Thursday, May 5, 2011. The Goodwill Outlet Store is located at 3728 Market Street, St. Louis, MO 63110.

The Outlet Store is the largest Goodwill Outlet Center in the country, boasting more than 20,000 square feet of retail space, and 93 bins full of merchandise that rotate every three and a half hours. More than 2,000 new items will be placed on the floor every 20 minutes, including clearance clothing, shoes, accessories, housewares, glassware, some electronics, books and toys.

“The Outlet Store is a concept that has been successful in other Goodwill markets, and it is the first of its kind in the bi-state area,” said Mark Kahrs, Senior Vice President of Retail, MERS/Goodwill. “The Outlet Store will offer the community an exciting new clearance shopping experience, with an average of 75,000 pounds of new merchandise reaching the sales floor each day.”

“The Outlet Store is yet another operation of MERS/Goodwill that will have a positive impact on the local job market by creating 32 new positions,” said Lewis Chartock, Ph.D., President and CEO, MERS/Goodwill. “Furthermore, in addition to all of our other recycling efforts, the Outlet Store is another initiative for which we strive to reduce waste in the bi-state area.”

The Outlet Store estimates that more than 500,000 pounds of merchandise will reach its sales floor each week, totaling more than 30 million pounds of merchandise per year. Most items at the Outlet Store will be sold by the pound, for $0.59 and $0.79 per pound. All other outlet merchandise will receive discount pricing per item, nothing will be priced for more than $15. Items sold by the pound will not be pre-sorted.

Hours of operation will be 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays. All merchandise is sold as-is, and all sales are final. No refunds or exchanges will be accepted.

Retail sales help fund MERS/Goodwill’s employment and rehabilitation programs throughout the bi-state region. These programs help individuals who face economic, physical, mental or other disadvantages. Services offered include those that teach basic software skills and skills training as well as job development and placement activities. MERS/Goodwill served more than 23,000 individuals in 2010 and expects to serve even more people this year.

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