Friday, March 28, 2003

Goodwill relocating its Covington store

By Cindy Schroeder
The Cincinnati Enquirer

COVINGTON - A Goodwill Industries retail store in downtown Covington closed Thursday after at least 13 years in business.

The store at 25 W. Seventh St. will relocate.

"Our lease is up, so we're moving out,'' said store manager Debbie Byrd. "It's a corporate decision. We're looking for a better location.''

The store is one of 13 that Ohio Valley Goodwill Industries owns and operates in Northern Kentucky and Southwest Ohio, said George Palmer, Goodwill's director of public relations and marketing. The Covington store is moving because it is much smaller than other local stores and it lacks adequate parking and handicap accessibility.

"We're hoping to open a new store in the spring or early summer," Palmer said. "We're looking at possible sites in Covington, Bellevue and Independence.''

Palmer said the six employees now working at Goodwill's Covington store will be transferred to the Florence Goodwill store.

Some nearby business owners said the Goodwill store will be missed.

"Anything that generates traffic in downtown Covington is important,'' said John Humpert, who owns Klingenberg's Hardware & Paints across the street. He predicted his business could suffer because many Goodwill customers shop at his store.

Ray Niemeyer, owner of Heringer Meats next door, said that some of his customers have shopped at Goodwill while waiting for a special cut of meat.

"The only bad part is there are enough vacant buildings around Covington,'' Niemeyer said. "What are they going to do with another one?''

City Manager Greg Jarvis said the building's owner has been talking to prospective tenants. "It's being actively worked on,'' he said.


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