The Goodwill Store in South Boston is closing as of 6 p.m. Tuesday following a decision to close all Goodwill stores that are part of the Goodwill Industries of the Valleys.
“As we continue to see heightened concerns around Coronavirus (COVID-19) we have made the decision to close Goodwill stores effective today,” as stated in a release issued Tuesday afternoon.
The South Boston location, as well as other donation centers, will continue to accept donations, as confirmed by Chelsea Moran, marking and public relations manager.
Store donation centers will be accepting donations Monday – Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sunday from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Attended donation centers not located at stores will accept donations Monday – Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. They will be closed on Sundays.
Items will be available to shoppers online at www.shopgoodwill.com/roanoke.
“Some employees” will stay on board to help process items, said Moran, who was unable to verify the number of employees at the South Boston location.
As far as when they could possibly reopen, Moran said they are assessing everything day by day.
“Goodwill wants the community to know, we are here to help during this crisis,” states Kelly Sandridge, vice president brand strategy and external affairs. “We have worked hard over the past week to get Virtual Services online so the public can have access to both live classes and online training assistance. We are still enrolling in training programs for Information Technology and Healthcare, which can also proceed virtually. There is also an online Job Board of area employers who we have found that are hiring during this crisis. By continuing to donate, and shopping online, you are supporting Goodwills ability to continue to provide these services.”
Last year, it was announced that Goodwill Industries of South Central Virginia, which previously included the South Boston location, was merging with Goodwill Industries of the Valleys.