EUREKA, MISSOURI ( KPLR ) An effort to open a Goodwill store in Eureka , Missouri is getting a cold shoulder. Some people think a Goodwill store would be an eyesore in a community, but Goodwill says that's not the case.
A Goodwill plan to build a store in Eureka, Missouri is dead for now.The Eureka City Board of Alderman have not decided if they will break ground for a Goodwill in their community.
Goodwill officials says no other city has turned down the non- profit and they are hoping Eureka officials will give the store a chance. "We have been here in St. Louis for 100 years. We have never been turned down by a city," said Mark Kahrs, senior vice president of retail stores for MERS/Goodwill.
Eureka City Alderman are not issuing a statement at this time and are being silent about the plan . Goodwill would like to put the Eureka council at ease.
Kahrs says the store could benefit the Eureka community with hopes the store will bring shoppers to the area along with creating jobs. "The city council and the alderman at this point, have not yet voted on anything. It's on the agenda and no one has made a motion to take a vote, "said Kahrs.
The $3.5 million facility is expected to have 81 parking spaces , 8 more than required, 30 percent of the site would be green space .
Some Goodwill shoppers hope the city of Eureka will give the green light for Goodwill. "I think the stores are generally kept up well and they look as good as other department stores. It brings people into the community . I think it's a great deal, said Hank Ankenbrand, Goodwill shopper. "I always stop here first because nine times out of ten ,I can find something for a lot less then I would find in a store . I never heard of crime or anything at a Goodwill store," said Jennifer Smorodin,Goodwill shopper.
The City of Eureka isn't commenting right now. Goodwill will have another opportunity to plead it's case at the next aldermanic meeting on August 19.