Sarasota News Leader

02/22/2013

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A NEW NEIGHBOR Under cloudy skies, Goodwill opened its North Tamiami Trail store on Feb. 19. Photos by Stan Zimmerman GOODWILL MANASOTA OPENS ITS STORE ON THE NORTH TAMIAMI TRAIL By Stan Zimmerman City Editor Florida is a rag-pickers delight. Transplants bring too much stuff, and they unburden themselves. People age and no longer fit into their tuxedos (if they need them at all). Condominiums do not allow yard sales. And, alas, people die. The 30,000-square-foot facility also hosts a community center that will hold free classes for the public on a variety of topics ��� from arts and crafts to computer tutorials. One of these services opened a new facility on the North Tamiami Trail Feb. 19, and the line waiting for the doors to be unlocked at 9 a.m. the next day was more than 200 people long. The City of Sarasota���s decision to allow the store to be constructed is still under legal challenge. Neighbors took the city and developer to court, and the case is now with the Second District Court of Appeal. Goodwill sells donated items, using the proceeds for job training and rehabilitation. PeoAll of which makes for a cornucopia of goods ple can also search for jobs online and get pergoing to charitable organizations for resale. sonal help to look for employment. The store is a departure for Goodwill Manasota, the first time the organization has a brand new and purpose-built facility. This store replaces the one at Trail Plaza at the intersection of Myrtle Street and U.S. 41. This one is located at 5150 N. Tamiami Trail. None of that deterred shoppers on a cloudy Wednesday morning. The crowd ranged from socialites to down-and-outers, all waiting patiently for the doors to open and the treasures to be revealed. %

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