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Business Observer Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012 8 years ago

Goodwill buys headquarters

Goodwill Industries buys a 126,000-square-foot building in Fort Myers.

FORT MYERS — Goodwill Industries says it has agreed to buy a 126,000-square-foot building in Fort Myers for its new headquarters. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The new building, located at 5100 Tice St., is four times larger than the nonprofit organization's current headquarters in north Fort Myers.

“Our agency has experienced exponential growth over the last five years,” says Tom Feurig, president and CEO of Goodwill, in a statement. “North Fort Myers has been our home since 1966, and we plan to maintain a presence in North Fort Myers.  We've made the most of the 30,000 square feet we have here, and we've just run out of opportunities to expand in our existing space.”

Over the last five years, Goodwill's Southwest Florida work force has increased from 425 to 650 employees. A number of Goodwill employees currently work from home or in temporary locations to accommodate the organization's rapid growth.

The current agency headquarters is home to Goodwill's administrative staff, operations plant, e-commerce department, shredding facilities and a job center. The larger location will provide the agency with additional room to accommodate the Goodwill L.I.F.E. Academy charter school, a clearance outlet store and a training center to provide opportunities for people with disabilities.

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