Downtown GR Goodwill store closes

The Goodwill in downtown Grand Rapids. (April 10, 2014)
The Goodwill in downtown Grand Rapids. (April 10, 2014)

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A business that has been a fixture in downtown Grand Rapids for half a century has closed.

Crews emptied out the Goodwill store located at the corner of Division Avenue and Cherry Street SE Thursday.

“This was a financial decision. This will help us to save money to be able to provide more money to our job placement and job services area,” Goodwill Industries of Greater Grand Rapids COO David Brinza said.

While the store made money, officials said, parking has always been a problem. The store was also having a tough time getting enough donations.

“It is kind of sad as we go through this. It was our first store (in Grand Rapids),” Brinza said.

He said the store opened nearly 50 years ago.

Goodwill recently opened store at the intersection of Michigan Street and Diamond Avenue NE that it says is doing well.

There are also several other Goodwill stores in the Grand Rapids area and around West Michigan.

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