Goodwill, Savers Thrift Stores Find New Venues

by Robert Bell  on Monday, Aug. 9, 2010 12:00 am  

Brian Itzkowitz, president and CEO of Goodwill Industries of Arkansas, said the current retail climate has made large spaces more affordable for the nonprofit.

Smith said he was not reluctant to lease space to a resale store, and he found that, as a company, Savers is "pretty strong, if you research them. It's one of those under-the-radar-type companies."

Gregg Mueller is director of operations at Ashley Co., which leases four retail spaces to Goodwill in Arkansas. The spaces range in size from 7,500 SF in Jacksonville to 19,000 SF at Indian Hills Shopping Center in North Little Rock.

"They've been an excellent tenant," he said. "We've never had any problem with rental payment. Obviously, they do well as far as operation of their stores, they're stocked neatly, and they keep them nice and clean.

"And they do generate reasonable traffic as far as shopping centers go," he said. 



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