Goodwill opens in Cambridge Marketplace

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Officials from the Cambridge city government were joined by representatives of the Dorchester Chamber of Commerce and local business leaders for a ribbon-cutting ceremony Thursday at the new Goodwill.

CAMBRIDGE — The city gained a new business on Thursday, when Goodwill opened a store in the Cambridge Marketplace development on U.S. 50. City leaders in government and commerce were on hand, joined by hundreds of shoppers who thronged the discount center.

City Commissioner Robbie Hanson, (Ward 5) said, “We’re glad to have the employment opportunities they offer.”

“Thanks for such a fabulous turnout. There are lots of great things going on” in the local business scene, Dorchester Chamber of Commerce Chair-Elect Sharon Spedden said.

The store is the 33rd overall from the Baltimore-based nonprofit and the 4th on the Eastern Shore. It will be staffed by approximately 22 employees, a statement from Goodwill Industries said.

Employees had a busy day from the moment doors opened, when 250 shoppers were waiting to check out the clothing, housewares, electronics, and more. While the grand opening ceremonies were underway, there were as many as 100 people waiting in line to pay for their purchases.

Hunter Fairchild of Cambridge Marketplace developers Fairchild Properties was at the ceremony. “We couldn’t be more happy and pleased with how the store turned out,” he said. It is on the spot previously occupied by a Kmart, closed many years ago and demolished last year.

The interest in low-priced goods is part of what attracts the public to Goodwill’s sites. In addition, donations and sales made at Goodwill generate funds for job-training programs, employment placement services and other community-based programs for people who have barriers preventing them from otherwise obtaining a job.

“About 40 percent of the new hires for the store come from Goodwill job training programs,” the statement said. “Many others from those programs find work with local businesses and government. For example, the Salisbury location of Goodwill Industries of the Chesapeake has led to 145 job placements at Perdue Farms.”

The store’s address is 732 Cambridge Marketplace Blvd.